propagating basil, growing basil from cuttings, how to grow basil from cutings

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introduction on growing basil from cuttings

basil on white background in growing basil from cuttings

Of all the herbs in the garden, basil must be one of the tastiest and easiest herbs to grow from cuttings.

Basil can be used in many dishes and the smell and taste are admired by many big chefs.

Taking Cuttings from basil

Whatever kind of basil you want to propagate, the simplest method must be the water method.
I know there are many other ways to propagate basil but let me explain to you how I do it.

I always start with healthy and hardened off plants to keep my success rate as high as possible.

Water is everything

Take one or more healthy plants and get yourself some scissors. Put a small pot of water next to you where you can put in the future basil plants. I keep the water level in the pot at about 2 centimeters or 1 inch

. If the basil plants have big leaves and you don’t want them to go to waste, make sure you have something to save the leaves in, for future meals.

basil in pot in growing basil from cuttings

So now it’s time to cut the plants. Make a cutting of about 8 centimeters or 3 and a half inches.

It’s best to cut just above two leave nodes so the remaining plant can form two branches where the cutting has been made. For the cutting itself, t doesn’t really matter.

Cut of the cutting and check the leaves. Only the top of the cutting should keep some small leaves. All the other leaves should be cut off. Even if you see side shoots on the cutting, just remove them. Because they will only suck out the life of the cutting and it will wilt in the end.

With some small leaves on the top of the plant, it’s easy to put several cuttings in the pot with water without disturbing each other.

keep it light but not in full sun

Now, you can place the cuttings in a well-lit area, just make sure they don’t stand in full sun as the plants will dry out far too quickly and they will die.

All you have to do now is check the water level daily. Wait for about 1 or 2 weeks and you’ll be ready to plant your newly grown basil plants in a pot. Job well done.

So, that’s about all there is to know about taking cuttings from a basil plant.

If you have any questions or if you have another way of growing the cuttings, feel free to answer in the comment section.

Thanks for reading and cya in the next post.

I made a small video about taking cuttings the way I explained it here.


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