Updated: Sep 2, 2022
Hey there! You're here because you want to learn how to grow your basil, and that's a great idea. It would be my enjoyment to help get you started. I am going to give you some of the key steps for propagating basil so it will grow healthy for years to come!
Propagating basil plants is a great way to increase the number of basil plants you have in your garden. Basil is an herb that is used in many dishes and can be grown indoors or outdoors. In this post, I will talk about propagating basil.
Planting basil can be done in a pot of soil. Basil does not require much space. Once planted, water the area around it and then cover it with mulch to keep moisture from evaporating away too quickly. Keep an eye on how well-watered the plant is and make sure that leaves are staying green rather than turning brown or yellowing.
Cut off any flowers that form because they use up nutrients that would be better directed towards foliage growth instead. You can also prune back about two inches worth of stems when watering once per week during mid-summer months to encourage thicker branches for harvesting later on down the line.
Propagating basil can be done by taking a cutting off of the basil plant. Cut the bottom end of the stem that is three or four inches long and remove all but two leaves from it. Next, place into water, sand, or perlite(see the photo below). I'll take a small pot and fill it with sand or perlite and place it into a bowl. I'll fill the bowl with water and leave it after I place the cutting into the pot. Push the base of the stem down into the sand or perlite. Place the cutting in indirect sunlight and watch the roots grow!
Sweet Dani Basil
Crimson King Basil
It’s so satisfying to have fresh basil on hand all the time. I am always looking for new ways to propagate this herb, and it seems like there are a lot of methods out there! Have you tried any of these propagation techniques? What has worked best for you? Let me know in the comments below!
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