Harvesting Thyme, Sage, and Oregano for a newbie

kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)June 24, 2012

This is my first time trying to grow Thyme, Sage, and Oregano (any herbs at all except Basil!). I've read that you shouldn't harvest Sage the first year, but do it the second year? Is this true?

How do I harvest them at all? When do I harvest? Sorry, I am so new to this! :) Any help is appreciated! I have them all in pots on my deck for now.

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When your plants are growing vigorously, and getting rather bushy, it will be easy to see where a bit of thinning and pruning would not hurt. If you collect just enough for the current meal, you should do no harm.

Try to thin the plants out enough that they do not self-shade and cause wastage by shading out their own leaves. If stalks are getting long and spindly, shorten them and keep the trimmings for your own pleasure.

Just don't trim off for use what grew in the nursery, as it may have spray treatments on it. Also, most here say not to harvest more than a third of a plant at any one time.

Sage does tend to grow rather slowly at first, but if you have a vigorous plant you could probably get away with stealing a few leaves from time to time. Plants that receive optimal growth conditions will be least harmed.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 3:19AM
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kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)

Thanks eibren! I actually started these from seed this spring. I will try to take only what is needed this year for meals and such.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 8:49AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I generally let first year perennials go unclipped. Second year, I lightly harvest if the plant can support it. Third year I usually harvest as I would a mature plant of that type. I try to make sure the plant has a chance to establish itself because I want to be harvesting from for years.


    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 10:02PM
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