Never Buy Basil Again - Free & Easy Way To Have Fresh Organic Basil Year-Round No Matter Where You Are


Easy Method Of Basil Stem Cutting Propagation: Make More Basil From Basil Stems

Now you can have your cake (basil) and eat it, too. Here's how.

Fresh basil can be expensive. I've seen a couple of little sprigs for $4-5, especially if it's organic basil. That's because basil doesn't store well and doesn't travel well. The leaves turn black if the temperature is too cold and would get all slimy and yucky if the temperature is too warm.

What to do?

I'm sure you've seen living basil sold in some supermarkets as well as in nurseries. They have a root ball that's either in a pot of soil or in water at the bottom of the package. Get one of these and use up the leaves, then cut the stem into 6-8" sections and put in a glass of water and put on a sunny windowsill. In 3-5 days, the bottom of the stem should start to show small roots. Voila! Your new plant is emerging and from these plantlets, you'll have basil for ever, everyday of the year.

After 3-5 days in a glass of water on the window sill, the basil stems / cuttings start to root out.

3-5 more days and the roots are strong enough for the propagated basil cuttings to be potted up.

The basil cuttings are now ready to be potted up in the perfect organic soil-less mixture: 1/3 coconut coir, 1/3 horticultural vermiculite, 1/3 homemade organic compost.


If you have a friend with a basil plant, that's even better. Ask for a few stems and give them back the leaves to use, leaving only a couple of small leaves at the top to help your new plant synthesize food from sunlight to create new roots.

When your new plants are going strong, start harvesting stems and leaves to use. When your new plants have been harvested for a while and they are starting to look ragged, cut the stems and harvest the leaves, and then start the rooting process all over again, ad infinitum. In spring, we plant out new rooted seedlings in the garden outside. In the fall, we start rooting the stems to make new plants. Once they root, we pot them up and keep by on the windowsill and pick the leaves all through winter into spring, at which time, we root stems again to have new basil plants to go outside in the garden.

Propagating basil this way makes for much stronger and bigger plants than starting basil from seeds, which takes a lot of time and effort to baby until they get to a size that you can plant outside in your garden.

Not only can you propagate and more basil plants this way, but you can also do the same propagation technique on cilantro, parsley and other herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage. Enjoy your organic basil (year-round)!

My go-to soil mix. 1/3 coconut coir, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 compost from the garden. 

What are you propagating today?? 

Thamm

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