I kept reading to be "courages" when pruning Basil and that its never too early. Even a customer service rep recommend a prune my 3 inch tall red basil plant. I received some other advise to prune them at the bottom.
So here it is, I'm an idiot. I cut all the leaves off. I have a spare pod, should I just replace it now or is there a change it will come back? I now understand the science behind it and I know not to cut below the bottom leaves :)