Growing Basil From Cuttings: A Comprehensive Guide
Basil is a versatile herb that is commonly used in many dishes, both sweet and savoury. It is a flavourful and fragrant herb that is easy to grow and maintain. Growing basil from cuttings is a simple and cost-effective way to propagate your basil plants, and it is a great way to ensure a constant supply of fresh basil throughout the growing season.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
- Basil cuttings
- A sharp, clean pair of scissors or pruning shears (Our NETA 4mm Pruner is ideal for this purpose)
- Rooting hormone powder (optional)
- Containers or pots for rooting the cuttings
- Potting soil
Step 2: Take Cuttings from Healthy Basil Plants
Choose healthy and mature basil plants that are at least six inches tall. Take cuttings from the basil plants that are about four inches long and have at least two sets of leaves. Make sure to make a clean cut just below a leaf node. Remove the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting to reduce water loss.
Step 3: Apply Rooting Hormone (Optional)
If you want to increase the chances of rooting success, you can dip the cuttings in rooting hormone powder. The powder will help to speed up the rooting process and improve the survival rate of the cuttings.
Step 4: Plant the Cuttings in Pots or Containers
Fill the pots or containers with a well-draining potting mix and make a hole in the center. Insert the cutting into the hole and gently press the soil around the cutting. Water the cutting well and place them in a warm, bright location but out of direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.
Step 5: Provide Proper Care for the Cuttings
The cuttings will require consistent moisture to develop roots, so it is important to keep the soil evenly moist. Keep the cuttings out of direct sunlight and in a warm location. Once the cuttings have developed roots, they can be transplanted into a larger container or in the garden.
Step 6: Transplanting
Once the basil cuttings have developed a good root system, they can be transplanted into a larger container or in the garden. Choose a location that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day and has well-draining soil. Water the transplanted basil well and continue to provide proper care.
Growing basil from cuttings is a simple and cost-effective way to propagate your basil plants. By following these steps, you can ensure a constant supply of fresh basil throughout the growing season.