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Grow Basil using cuttings

Updated on April 9, 2015
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Grow Basil using cuttings

Whenever summer comes I always want my kitchen garden full of aromatic green basil (Ocimum basilicum) leaves. I don’t like to pay much for few leaves each and every time. So I use the cutting brought from a vigorously growing outdoor basil plant to propagate my own basil plant.


How to Grow Basil from Leftover sprigs:

1. First you need the basil stem with 4 set of leaves. For best results, the cutting should be from an outdoor basil plant which is growing vigorously though you can use a basil sprig from your grocery shop but these cuttings are not fresh enough and too dehydrated to take root. Just like that indoor grown plants are usually too weak to provide a healthy cutting. You can snip 4 inches off of the growing tip of a healthy basil branch. Take it from right below a spot where the basil leaves are attached to the stem. This sprig has the best chance of growing roots.

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2 Now remove the leaves away from the bottom third of the basil cuttings, if not the leaves will rot when they are under water. Put the cutting into a jar or a glass of water. You can put as many cuttings as can fit without into the jar but should not be overcrowding. The top leaves of the sprig should rest on the edge of the jar or glass to support the plants. Pour out any excess water, it should cover only the bottom two-thirds of the plant. Set the jar in sunny location. Remember to put it in bright, indirect light and also change the water on a daily basis to keep bacteria from developing.

3 Your sprigs should build up roots in 7 to 10 days. When roots are able to be seen, it's right time to take out the cuttings from the water. You can transfer it into a pot of sterile potting mix and keep it well watered. Put the new plant in a sheltered area in indirect light for few weeks till they establish roots before putting them outdoors.

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