MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Chef Michael Symon is seen during his demonstration during the South Beach Wine and Food Festival on February 26, 2022 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)

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Michael Symon Has A Simple Tip For Growing Basil Successfully
Food Network personality Michael Symon stays connected with over 680,000 followers on Twitter, tweeting often and answering questions from fans. With herb gardens flourishing this time of year, Symon and his fans recently discussed growing basil, and Symon had an excellent tip for making the plant thrive.
Many of us have plucked the larger basil leaves at the base of the plant for our recipes, but these large leaves are responsible for providing most of the nutrients for the plant. Removing them hurts the plant and prevents it from growing more leaves and branches, so pruning is required regularly to keep the plant lush.
Cutting from the main stem, Symon suggests pinching off the blooms, which encourages the plant to create additional branches and produce more leaves. Doing this regularly will grow your basil exponentially, coaxing the plant to grow outward instead of up.