As you grow your herb garden, you will want to add more to your collection, and one plant that might interest you is the horehound, known for its medical and ornamental properties. Here is a guide for those who want to know how to harvest horehound.
Step 1 on how to harvest horehound: manage its growth
Before you begin collecting the leaves or seeds, it would do well to know that this is a plant that grows very fast and can spread easily, just like spearmint. It will only take a little while before it extends beyond a foot, and even more if you do not trim it. So prior to harvesting make sure that you cut it regularly.
Step 2 on how to harvest horehound: be patient
Although planting it is easy (the horehound can grow even with poor and very little water), you need to wait a while before you can get the leaves. It will grow fully after a couple of seasons. However, you will be able to harvest the leaves after one season.
Another thing: if this is your first time to plant, do not be surprised if an unusual smell emanates from the ground, but when it has dried up, this scent will disappear.
Step 3 on how to harvest horehound: do some research prior to usage
This herb has been used for treating cough, and is also said to be capable of inducing menstruation. However it is important that you only use the herb when you have done enough research on the subject. Also, if you have any illnesses, pregnant, or will give it to someone who is, you may discuss the matter with your physician. However, it can be said that no side effects have been reported on the use of this herb.
Step 4 on how to harvest horehound: collect the tops and flowers too
New gardeners often use the leaves only, or just the flowers for tea. However, if you are going to utilize this for treating a variety of illnesses, such as hay fever, bronchitis, jaundice, etc you should collect the tops as well. The application of these parts should be done with the supervision and help of someone versed in their use.
Making the most out of your herbs means understanding how to harvest horehound or any of its variants. By collecting it at the proper time you will be able to benefit from it fully.
Originally posted 2009-07-14 15:41:00.