Replanting Basil from Cuttings

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This year was my first attempt at a real garden. I started multiple herbs from seed, as well as tomatoes, peppers, and strawberries from starter plants. It’s been a very fruitful (ha) hobby that’s gotten me outside and learning. Although I love caring for every plant in my garden, I think my basil bush is my favorite. Having fresh herbs to pluck right off the stem and throw in a dish has added so much life to my food, I don’t want to give that up in the winter. As I said, my basil is a literal bush and would not fit in my apartment windows (even if it did my cats would be sure to knock it out of the way).

If only I had a smaller basil plant that fit in my kitchen window…

Enter: Replanting from Cuttings!

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To start, you’ll need to find a stem with at least two nodes, or sets of two leaves, like in the picture above. Pick a more mature stem if you can, with multiple nodes you can snip off top.

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Next, put the cuttings in water for about two weeks in sunlight to allow roots to form. I kept mine in a shot glass on my windowsill and it worked perfectly. You can also use a shallow bowl or cup, but be sure to pluck the lower leaves if they begin to rot. Change the water as it gets cloudy.

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After a root system has begun to form, you can then plant the cutting in a starter pot. A few of my cuttings’ roots were tangled so I planted these two together.

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(Yup, I used an old candle holder.)

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Here’s a look at a baby basil plant I started from a cutting, about four weeks in soil. It’s growing new leaves and getting taller!

I’m really looking forward to growing these babies and pruning them better than I did the first time around. This also works for tomatoes and peppers and is a great way to save money if you’re trying to grow your garden. They also make great housewarming gifts! :]

Thanks for reading my generic gardening post!

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