Wednesday, June 2, 2010

How to root Basil

A few days ago, I bought fresh large leaf organic italian basil from the store. I had never seen the large leaf basil at the store before. As soon as I saw organic basil at the store, I thought of buying it so that I can grow it at home.

In summer, I do see many stores selling potted herbs, but I hardly find organic basil. Growing herbs at home is very easy.

Here is what you need to do to root basil.

Cut the bottom 1-2 centemeter of the stem, so that the new cells get exposed to the air. Remove most of the leaves from the stem, leaving just a few leaves on the top portion. Dip this stem in a flas filled with water. Make sure that the leaves are not in water, or they will decay.

Change the water every few days. After 2-3 weeks, you will notice that the new roots will be growing off of the stem. See the pictures below.

Continue changing the water until the roots grow 3-4 inches tall. Fill a pot with potting soil, make a whole in the center. Place the stem with roots in the hole, and lightly cover with the soil. That is just planted your own organic basil!!!

Note: You can use the same method for growing mint at home too.

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Asha said...

That's clever. I just buy little pots of herbs. My Rosemary and Mint are growing wildly. Love fresh herbs!:)

Nehal said...

Same here. I don't use Rosemary as much, but I have potted mint, oregano, and basil. All of them seem to be doing ok.

Ratna said...

Great tip, I will try potting mint. I have it from the farmer's market.

Nehal said...

Sure Ratna, When you put the mint stem in the pot, see if you can get the portion with knot in the water. That is where the roots will grow. Good luck.:)

Parita said...

Wow that a great post dear, bookmarked!

Nehal said...

Thanks Partia.

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