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How to Propagate Basil from Cuttings


Basil propagation from cuttings is quite simple. In fact, propagating basil is one way to share your basil with your friends. All you need to do is take a 4-inch basil cutting right below a leaf node. Remove the leaves off the basil cutting about 2 inches from the end.


Make sure the basil cutting is a piece that has not yet flowered.

Your basil cutting can then be placed in a glass of water on the windowsill where it can get good sunlight.


Use a clear glass so you can watch your basil propagation grow roots.

Change the water every few days until you see root growth, then leave your basil propagation roots to grow to about 2 inches or so. This can take two to four weeks. Once the roots on your basil cutting are 2 inches or longer, you can plant the cutting in a pot indoors.

Put the planter in a place where the plant will get direct sunlight. Basil propagation is a great way to share your basil. Now that you know how to propagate basil, you can take new plantings and give them as gifts to friends or offer them to new neighbors as housewarming gifts.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Tips For Propagating Basil