Basil is one of the most popular herbs used in cooking for its distinctive aroma and flavor. Apart from enhancing the taste of dishes, basil also offers numerous health benefits. Propagating basil cuttings is an excellent way to grow a new plant without having to buy seeds or seedlings. In this post, we will guide you through the process of propagating basil cuttings.
Choose Healthy Basil Plants
The first step in propagating basil cuttings is to select healthy plants that are disease-free and have no signs of insect infestation. Look for young and vigorous stems with at least two sets of leaves.
Once you have chosen a suitable plant, prepare your cutting tools by cleaning them with rubbing alcohol or boiling water to prevent contamination. Ensure that your scissors or shears are sharp enough to make clean cuts on the stem.
Take Cuttings From The Basil Plant
Using your cutting tool, take a 4-6 inch long stem from the parent plant just below where two leaves meet (also known as a node). Remove any lower leaves on the stem so that they don’t touch water when propagated in it later.
Placement Of Cuttings
Fill a small glass jar or container with fresh water and place your prepared cutting inside it making sure only half an inch of its base touches the liquid surface while keeping remaining part above air level. Be careful not to submerge any foliage under-water since this can cause rotting or decay leading towards death rather than growth!
Place Container In A Sunny Spot
Basil requires ample sunlight for optimal growth; therefore, it’s important to place your propagation container in a sunny spot such as near windowsill or outside preferably where direct sunlight falls for several hours each day.
Maintain Water Level And Change It Regularly
Check daily if there’s enough water remains inside glass/container & replace if necessary ensuring consistency until roots appears after which propagate into soil pot once suitable root length reached. Change water regularly to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi that may harm the cuttings.
After a few weeks have passed, check if your basil cutting has developed new roots measuring at least 2 inches long by gently tugging on it. Once suitable root length is achieved, transplant your basil cuttings into soil pots for further growth and development.
Propagating basil cuttings is an easy process with just a little bit of patience and care needed to ensure successful growth. With these simple steps, you can easily grow more plants from one parent plant without having to purchase seeds or seedlings. All you need are healthy plants, sharp cutting tools, clean water and sunlight!