Propagating Basil from Cuttings

I’m going to preface this post by admitting that I am a novice gardener.

It wasn’t until last year (I’m in my early 40s) that I had decided to start a few vegetable plants for the first time. Since then, I have become quite fond of the idea of growing food, even if it’s taking me a little while to master the craft of gardening.

I am now the proud owner of a few red bell pepper plants – along with some flat leaf parsley, catnip and basil.

I had also grown some beautiful spinach plants during the winter months. They ran their course, I enjoyed their harvest and I will plant several new ones again in just a few months.

Now, in an effort to gain insight into anything and everything having to do with gardening, I began watching videos and reading articles about gardening.

One day, I found a video by CaliKim29 Garden and Home DIY on Youtube on how to propagate basil.

I thought this sounded interesting, especially because while it’s exciting to watch a seed you’ve planted germinate and demonstrate new life, it can take a while until the plant matures and is ready to be harvested. Propagating the cuttings from an existing plant allows for a new plant to root in far less time (and helps you to save on seeds).

Now I happen to LOVE basil, and I use it in a lot of my recipes.

So I decided to go ahead and follow along with the video to see if this would work for me.

Here are the results.

Propagating Basil from Cuttings

I cut the tops of one of my existing basil plants, placed them in a jar filled with water and kept it on the windowsill in front of my kitchen sink.

After just a few days, they began to grow roots.

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Several days later, there was some impressive new growth.

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As suggested int the video, I allowed the roots to continue to grow for a few more weeks, changing out the water every other day or so to make sure the environment was clean and healthy.

Once they grew to be several inches long, it was time to move them into containers.

This video explains how I went about doing this…

I have taken cuttings from one of the plants to get this whole process started again…and whether I keep the new basil plants, or give them away as gifts, I have found this to be an effective and easy way to grow new plants out of existing ones.

If you decide to give this a try, I’d love to hear about your experience.

Have you ever propagated plants using the cuttings from another?

Dana Gore

Author of the books "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)" and "Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)", Dana Gore is a health and fitness professional, wellness coach, and freelance writer. Dana brings guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner while inspiring her readers to seek self-awareness and inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

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