Basil!! And more basil!!

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Rooting Basil Cuttings in Water is so easy!!

Rooting Basil Cuttings in Water!

Rooting basil cuttings is so easy!

If you are anything like me, you may miss a blog post now and then.  Oh sure, you try and read everything everyone posts, but sometimes life gets in the way, and before you know it, Feedly says you have 1000+ blog posts to read.  So, maybe you missed my posts last year about basil, more specifically harvesting your basil.  So, this is a repeat of a sorts, using this year’s basil.   I start out with about 3 basil plants, when they get about 10-12 inches tall, I trim them all the way back to about 4 inches tall, making sure to leave a few leaves.  Then I bring in all the stems and put them in little vases.  Who knew that rooting basil cuttings in water could be so easy!

Rooting basil cuttings in water!

 

After a couple of weeks, this happens!!!   Yep, basil roots crazy easy!  I’ve also learned that you can do the same rooting technique with store bought basil!  Yes, those little packages that you pay a fortune for – well, just look at them as lots of little basil plants!

Basil cuttings ready for rooting in water!

I take all my new little basil plants and plant them back in my herb bed.  Now, I have eleven basil plants.   In about a month, I will harvest all of them, and begin the process of freezing the basil, either in pesto, or just chopped up in olive oil and frozen.

Now, run to the store or your local nursery and grab a few basil plants, smiling smugly, knowing that soon you’ll have a whole bed full now that you know how easy it is to root basil cuttings!

 

 

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  1. says

    I have to tell you, I certainly remember this post because I tried to convince my parents to harvest their basil and all they did was look at me with completely confused looks on their faces. Yup. They’ll be waiting for August again.

  2. says

    keep those ideas coming… I finally have a wonderful patch of basil growing. Now making plans!

    BTW… any suggestions to keep basil growing well in containers in winter… Mine died around January this year.

  3. says

    Did not miss it, and you inspired me to try it. This year I’m going to trim up my basil at the end of the year and try keeping it alive inside for part of the winter.

  4. says

    OK I am going to try this. Plant roots like the dark, so I am going to use colored jars or wrap with foil to encourage root growth. Thanks for the idea to root them.

  5. says

    I needed this so bad you have no idea! I have one plant that can’t produce nearly enough basil to keep up with my use. You’re genius!

  6. says

    Great informative post. I have placed basil in water to keep it fresh and to use within days but I run into trouble replanting because they tend to burn in the sun. Any suggestions to keep that from happening?

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