Cut pieces off of your mama basil plant. You want about 6 inches of stem. Use sharp clean scissors. I suggest taking several cuttings at once, while you are doing it might as well do a bunch!
How to Propagate Basil
Love basil? Did you know that you can take a cutting and it will grow roots easily in water? This is a great hack that works on any basil plant - even the inexpensive plants from the grocery store! Often, those grocery store plants have too many plants squeezed into too small of a pot, so taking cuttings is a great way to turn that one crowded plant into multiple plants with more space to grow!
Here is how to do it.
Take a cutting
Remove any lower leaves that will fall in the water.
Place in water
Place your cutting in water and set in indirect sunlight.
After about 2 weeks, your roots should be about 2 inches long. If not, leave in water until they are about 2 inches long.
Plant in soil
Plant your cutting in a pot in soil. Water thoroughly and keep watered, especially if it starts to look droopy. Place in a sunny window for best results!
Basil makes a great gift! Teach a friend to propagate it and it's the gift that keeps giving.
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