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  • Writer's pictureWilliam Benson

Cut and come again or whole head harvesting- which is correct for plants on your aeroponic system?

When it comes to harvesting vegetables, there are two main methods: whole head harvesting and cut-and-come-again harvesting. The method you choose will depend on the type of plant you are growing, as well as your personal preferences.




Whole head harvesting involves cutting off the entire head of the plant at once, typically when the plant is fully mature and ready to be harvested. This method is commonly used for crops like lettuce, cabbage, and cauliflower.

The main advantage of whole head harvesting is that it allows you to harvest the entire crop at once, which can be convenient if you need to clear space in your garden or if you want to preserve the crops for later use. Additionally, whole head harvesting can also help to prolong the life of the plant, as it prevents further growth and allows the plant to focus its energy on producing seeds.

However, whole head harvesting can also have some downsides. For example, it can lead to a lot of waste if you are unable to use or preserve the entire crop before it spoils. It can also limit the overall yield of your garden, as you can only harvest the crop once.



Cut-and-come-again harvesting, on the other hand, involves cutting off only a portion of the plant at a time, leaving the rest of the plant to continue growing. This method is commonly used for crops like spinach, arugula, and chard.

The main advantage of cut-and-come-again harvesting is that it allows you to harvest the crop multiple times, which can greatly increase the overall yield of your garden. Additionally, this method can also help to prolong the life of the plant, as it prevents the plant from going to seed and allows it to focus its energy on producing new growth.

However, cut-and-come-again harvesting does have some downsides as well. For example, it can be more time-consuming, as you will need to regularly harvest the crop to prevent it from going to seed. Additionally, some plants may not regrow as vigorously after being cut, which can lead to a decrease in overall yield.

In conclusion, whether you choose to use whole head harvesting or cut-and-come-again harvesting will depend on the type of plant you are growing and your personal preferences. Both methods have their own advantages and disadvantages, and ultimately, it's important to do some research and find out which method works best for you and your garden.

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