Basil is a popular herb that has been widely used in various cuisines. It adds flavor and aroma to dishes, making it a favorite among food lovers. Basil is also known for its medicinal properties, which include anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Growing basil from seeds can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it requires patience and dedication. However, propagating basil in soil can be an easier alternative if you want to grow your own basil plant quickly.
In this blog post, we will discuss the step-by-step process of propagating basil in soil.
Before we start with the propagation process, let us gather all the necessary materials first:
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Propagate Basil in Soil
1. Choose healthy stems: Look for healthy green stems on your existing mature basil plant that measure around 4 inches long. Make sure they are not woody as these may not root well when planted.
2. Cut stem at an angle: With clean shears/scissors cut just below a node (where leaves emerge) on each cutting at about 45-degree angle right under the node.
3.Remove lower leaves: After taking clippings remove any leaves from their bottom third so that only two sets of leaves remain since removing too many leaves makes rooting difficult since there aren’t enough remaining to support photosynthesis during this time period.
4.Watering & Planting: Dip base of each cutting into water before planting them in potting mix filled container/pot after moistening it slightly beforehand until semi-loose texture attained with gentle pressure applied by hand/finger over top surface area & gently press down around base area ensuring good contact between cutting and soil.
5.Cover with plastic: Place a clear plastic bag over the pot or container to create a humid environment that will encourage rooting. Make sure to leave room for air circulation by making small holes in the plastic.
6.Place in Bright Light : Keep your cuttings in bright but indirect sunlight since exposing them directly to sun’s rays may scorch their tender leaves.
7.Watering & Care : Check on moisture level daily and add water as necessary so that soil stays moist but not soaked until roots form, which usually takes around two weeks. Once rooted remove cover then place in sunny window or under grow light indoors where it gets at least six hours of direct sunlight each day while watering when top inch of mix becomes dry between applications (use finger test).
Propagating basil plant from cuttings is an easy way to expand your herb garden quickly. With this step-by-step guide, you can now propagate basil plants easily and enjoy fresh herbs straight from your garden. Always ensure that the plants are properly taken care of by providing sufficient water, nutrients, and light requirements. Happy propagating!