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Why is my herb plant flowering and not producing many leaves that I can use?

If your herb plant is getting lots of sunlight and gets to a certain size, it will begin to produce flowers and eventually seeds (If it is outdoors and can be pollinated). Although there is nothing wrong with this, it will reduce your crop of leaves that can be used.

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To solve this, we recommend regular trimming of your plant. If you are using your herbs regularly, this shouldn’t be a problem. If you aren’t using your herbs that often, we recommend trimming the top of your plant about once a week to keep it bushy and prevent flowering.

Pruning and trimming not only prevents flowering, but it makes your plant bushier and encourages lots of new growth. A good rule of thumb when pruning is to not remove more than ⅓ of the plant at one time. When pruning, make sure to use clean, sharp scissors or garden shears. You can clean your shears using rubbing alcohol, and we suggest cleaning your shears in between trimming each plant.

If the plant has already started flowering, no problem. Simply cut off all of the flowers and it will start regrowing new leaves.

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We're confident your herb plant will be back to normal in no-time, but if you've followed the steps above and things just aren't improving you can contact us here.