How to Root Basil

3 Materials
1 Week

Basil is the most popular herb grown, and it's easy to root more plants for yourself or friends!

how to root basil

First, take some cuttings from your growing basil plant. (Use a good pair of pruning shears.) These can be simple cuttings from pruning. The more you prune, the larger and more abundant your plant will be! (Check out how to prune basil here.) Be sure the stem of your cutting is at least a few inches long.

how to root basil

Next, grab a clear jar or glass and fill halfway with water. Take your cut end of basil and place it in the jar so that the end is submerged in the water, but none of the leaves are touching the water. (You may need to remove a few lower leaves if they're too close to the water.)

Allow cutting to sit in the water for 5-10 days, refreshing the water every few days, and checking to make sure the end of the cutting is still touching water.

Place cutting in water and wait.
Place cutting in water and wait.

After 5-10 days, your cutting should have at least one small root growing from the bottom of the cut end! You can leave your cutting in the water for a longer amount of time if you're not quite ready to plant or gift to a friend or neighbor. But once the root reaches 2 inches or longer, it is ready to be planted.

Keep in mind the environment that your plant has been in. If you've kept the cutting inside during the rooting process, be sure to give it time to acclimate to the outdoors before leaving it out there full time.

Small root showing after only 5 days!
Small root showing after only 5 days!

Enjoy rooting new basil plants from what you already have!

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2 questions
  • JeanMarie Sullivan
    on Jul 29, 2018

    I wonder what other herbs can be doe this way?

    • Candy Ingram
      on Sep 23, 2018

      Cut the bottom so it is fresh clean.

      place it in water to cover the root part. Change water every few days so it doesn’t get murky. After about a week you will see roots growing. You do this with the portion u normally toss. The white root part at the bottom is what you shave/cut to make fresh to root

  • Jan
    on Aug 24, 2018

    WhaT is the wall color on the room? Is it beige, gray or latte? Whatever it is, I love it!

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