Your edible plants are looking amazing. You’ve lovingly watched them grow and now it’s time to begin harvesting them.
To help you out, we’ve gathered together some quick harvesting tips for each of our edible plants.
As you’ll notice, some tips apply to more than 1 plant. We’ve also included 2 helpful videos at the end of this post to demonstrate how to prune and pollinate.
1. Pak Choi, Red Pak Choi
- You can start harvesting the plant in approximately one month by picking off the larger outer leaves – the plant will produce more from its basal growing point. Harvest gradually until the plant is about 40 days old.
- Alternatively, you may harvest the whole plant one month after it has been planted. Just remember not to allow it to age over two months.
- You can start harvesting in approximately three weeks by picking off the larger outer leaves – the plant will produce more from its basal growing point.
- Harvest gradually until the plant is about five weeks old. If you prefer harvesting the whole pod at once, we recommend doing so four weeks after planting.
3. Chili Pepper, Yellow Chili Pepper, Purple Chili Pepper, Red Sweet Pepper, Yellow Mini Tomato, Yellow Sweet Pepper, Wild Strawberry
- Do not cut or prune your plant before fruiting – it will form flowers and fruits at the top of the plant.
- Once your plant is flowering it needs to be pollinated by hand. Do this by gently shaking your plant to carry pollen from one blossom to the next.
4. Dwarf Pea
- If you harvest sprouts and flowers, you won’t be able to harvest any actual peas.
- If you allow your pea plants to grow freely, expect your first pea pods to mature approximately 35 days from planting.
- Be sure to trim your Marjoram for more growth approximately one month after planting.
- Remember to leave at least two pairs of true leaves to grow whilst cutting.
If you prefer to see your Marjoram in bloom, do not cut it back. Wait until you see its pale yet flattering tiny flowers.
6. Red Kale
- You can start harvesting in approximately one month by picking off the larger outer leaves first.
- Harvest gradually by moving towards the heart of the plant until the pod is a maximum of two months old.
- Alternatively, you may harvest the whole plant one month after planting. Just keep in mind not to allow it to age over two months.
7. Basil, Dwarf Basil, Red Basil, Thai Basil
- Basil likes to be cut. You can start trimming your plants approximately one month after planting. You may remove single leaves occasionally… But, for more thriving growth, pinching off the whole tip is recommended – it will grow two new shoots in a week.
- Trimming your plant will also delay flowering and prevents the taste from becoming bitter. The choice is yours – if you want to see the white flowers, don’t cut your plant anymore. If you would like to keep harvesting the leaves, continue trimming.
- Be sure to trim your Oregano for more growth approximately one month after planting.
- Prune the plant and leave at least two pairs of true leaves to grow.
- If you prefer to see your Oregano in bloom then don’t cut it back until you see its pinkish, tiny flowers.
How to prune your plants:
How to pollinate your plants:
We hope you find this harvesting guide helpful. Simply click on the plant you wish to know about and then select the ‘plant care’ tab.
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