Although mint grows as a perennial in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9, it can become invasive when planted in a garden bed. .
Summer Pruning for Herbs
Here in my area of Texas, from mid summer until at least the end of September, it is very hot, humid and stressful for our plants, even the hardy herbs.One way to help our herbs survive the summer weather is to prune them back so they don’t have so much plant matter to keep hydrated.Herbs That May Need Pruning.Mints tend to become leggy by this time in the summer, unless you’ve really been using them a lot to keep their growth compact.I find this is the perfect time of year to prune the mints back.So, I like to prune off the long growth and dry it for use in iced teas and allow the plant to put on new growth from the roots.If you see brown or shriveled roots on the main part of the plant, prune those off, too.Meanwhile, you have the dried mint for your tea.By this time of year, my oregano and marjoram have flowered or are flowering.Whichever type of oregano you are growing, after the flowers fade, the plant doesn’t look its best.It flowers much more readily, as those of you who grow basil know.We can clip off flowers to maintain the leafy, succulent growth for a while, but eventually, the plant wants to flower, set seed and die out.If you haven’t been harvesting your basil frequently and the plant still has leafy growth all along the stem, go ahead and prune the stems back, but not so far as to get into the woody growth, if you have that.If your basil is very leggy with growth only at the top of the stems, it’s probably best to take it out and put in a new plant.The best time to take basil cuttings is in the early growth stages of the plant.So, if the stem you’re rooting was about to flower when it was attached to the plant, it’s going to flower right away as a rooted cutting, too.Another herb that usually needs pruning this time of year is lemon balm.Definitely allow your chives to flower.Lemon Grass is another herb that doesn’t really need pruning.As with the chives, it’s best to harvest by clipping the whole stalk.I grow most of my fennel now in large containers. .
How to prune mint
Why should you prune mint?It is important to prune mint in order to prevent it from flowering and to promote a regular supply of fresh, young, tasty leaves.‘Younger leaves are more flavorful than older leaves.Pruning mint regularly will promote fresh leafy growth and keep you in good supply; generally it is best to prune the plant by no more than a third explains as Ashley Irene of Heirloom Potager – designer and creator of edible gardens.When this happens it is best to cut the plant right back to the ground to encourage new growth and a fresh flush of leaves. .
Plant mint in pots to keep it from taking over your garden.No kitchen garden should be without at least a few mint plants.Before you begin planting exotic mints, start with the two cornerstones of any kitchen mint collection—peppermint and spearmint.Spearmint tolerates more sun and a somewhat drier soil than does peppermint.Chocolate peppermint is a good choice for desserts and confections.Exotic mints, such as pineapple mint, lemon mint, apple mint, and ginger mint, are often more aromatic than our two mainstays, but are usually less flavorful.Flue liners are available from building or masonry suppliers.To plant your mint containers, you will need one to three mint plants per liner.Fill the liner to within 1 in.of the top with rich potting soil.Finally, positioning your fingers like mine in the photo at left, pinch off the top two to four leaves on each plant. .
How to Prune Herbs for the Best and Freshest Results
If you want your herb garden to grow into its most luscious, abundant self, then you need to know how to prune.Here are some top tips on pruning your herbs.For most plants, you want to prune early, and prune often.Never, at any given time, prune away more than one-third of the plant.This way, you’ll give any new growth time to harden off before spring comes around again.The first thing to know is what type of herb you’re about to prune.When pruning these types of plants, cut them right where the leaf meets the stem.When they are only a few inches tall, you want to prune, or “pinch” off the newest leaves at the top from the stem.It may seem counterintuitive, leaving the big, full leaves to grow at the bottom.Let it grow. .
Preparing Perennial Herbs for Winter
This time of year is a good time to sort through the sage, oregano and thyme, cutting out any dead wood and extracting weeds that have grown around their base.Trimming the plants also gives you a chance to dry the pruned-off leaves, removing the need to trek down the garden in the depths of December to gather a bouquet garni.Although sage, oregano and thyme will provide leaves over winter without protection, you should check their growing guides in case your winter temperatures are so low that small plants should be potted up and taken indoors.One herb that must be protected in all but the most sheltered positions is the bay tree.If the worst happens and a ground-planted bay seems to have been killed off, it’s nevertheless almost certainly going to shoot up again from the base when spring arrives, as the roots will have been protected in the ground.Mint is a perennial that will begin to die off soon and it’s often recommended that you pot up mint to take indoors for winter use.Fennel Seeds. .
It's time to prune those woody herbs
There is a lavender at the bottom of my street that has grown so wild it sprawls through the fence; you can see a line along the flowers where passersby can’t help but caress its fragrant blooms.Woody herbs such as lavender, thyme, rosemary and sage, as well as the less-woody-but-still-woody-enough oregano and winter savory (Satureja montana) do need pruning.In the Mediterranean heat, these herbs are clipped by nature – thin soils, baking summers and strong winds will keep them neat enough.In our wetter, milder climate they grow in a different manner, so it’s important to prune them regularly – once or perhaps even twice a year – to keep them in a nice shape.If your lavender suddenly turns into an awkward leggy teenager, then it is possible to cheat and do the “dropping” trick if it is not too big. .
How To Prune and Feed Mint Plants
I live in a temperate climate so by the end of January my Mojito Mint was looking like it needed and wanted a good cut back.This is all about how to prune and feed mint in pots (or in the garden) to promote the new growth that we wait to see happen in spring.This is how my mint looked before I pruned it – scraggly & much in need of a good haircut.In colder climates its soft stems and leaves die back completely with the 1st hard frost and new growth appears next season when the weather warms.It’s just what mint does.Here’s How To Prune & Feed Mint In Pots To Promote Growth:.You’ll probably need to prune and clean your mint in mid-summer too because it grows like crazy.I use mint every day and want that new growth to appear as soon as possible. .