Growing Basil from Cuttings
1 large basil plant
1 kitchen shears
First, cut 3-4 inch long cuttings with kitchen shears.
Then snip off the leaves on the bottom. (Consume them directly or save them in the fridge.)
In a glass or a jar, add a cup of water. Place a few cuttings in it.
Place the glass by the window, so that they will receive at least 6 hours of sunlight. Basil loves warm weather, anything between 75 to 90 degrees F are good. Change the water every other day to keep them fresh.
After 1 week, you will begin to see some white roots forming.
If some flowers came out, take those out and out and put them in a separate container. You can continue to grow them and use the seeds for future planting.
If the flower head is still small, you can pinch them out.
After about 2 weeks, you can see that there are a lot of roots coming out. Some new leaves came out also. If you wait till 3 to 4 weeks, the roots will grow out even longer.
But it’s completely fine to transplant them at this point. You can plant it either outdoor or indoor.
For me, I’m going to plant some in this pot of potting mix. If you plan to let them grow into a full length, which is 12 to 24 inches tall, then space the cutting 12 inches apart. So we can only plant 1 cutting in here. But I don’t plan to let them grow that big. I’m going to put 5 of them here.
Put the pot where it will receive at least 6 hours of sunlight. Continue to water it daily.
By CiCi Li