Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Planting Basil Cuttings

I'm very happy to report that the cuttings I took from my basil three weeks ago have all rooted beautifully in water.  If you'd like to see how the cuttings looked two weeks ago when they were just starting to send out roots, please see my post on Basil Propagation from Cuttings.

All three basil cuttings have grown new leaves as well as new roots in water.

Close-up of new roots on basil cuttings

I planted these rooted cuttings into separate containers and removed the bottom set of leaves because they were too close to the soil surface.  These new plants will overwinter indoors, most likely in our indoor grow box, and hopefully provide us with plenty of fresh basil all winter long.  Cheers for a successful basil propagation experiment!

This post is linked to Tuesday Garden Party.


vrtlarica said...

wow, cuttings did grow a lot of roots! You do have patience with your projects. I hope basil plants will like their new home.
Some years ago I did try growing herbs indoors (in my kitchen), but they didn't have enough light. Your grow box will be a great place for these young plants.

The Idiot Gardener said...

Never realised cutting were so easy. I think I'll be trying that.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Banzai!!!It works and what lovely roots there are too. Hope you have fresh basil this winter, they look very strong.

Frugal Gardener said...

Ohhh, fresh basil year round. That would be heaven. I think I may have to try this as well.

Ottawa Gardener said...

Thank you very, very, very much for that idea. I usually just freeze mine in oil.

Sara said...

Very good idea. I am going to try this! Then I can nurse a basil through some part of post frost fall...

Erin said...

oooh look at those roots! Ok you have reminded me to do this, I've been meaning to but it's been falling by the wayside... doing it NOW!

ana said...

oh wow they've done so well! mmm fresh basil in the kitchen.

allysgrandma said...

Wow very impressive your first year. You are way ahead of me!

Lauren S said...

Oh wow! I am totally going to try this!

Sandy said...

I've been growing basil this way for years.. for some reason I can't get it to grow outside in the ground or in pots.. were either too hot or too much rain, so I have little glasses in my kitchen window all year, in water..
Following from Tuesday's Garden party...

Kaytee said...

Way to go! I love when an experiment turns out good.

thyme2garden said...

vrtlarica - sometimes it helps to be a weekend gardener, because it prevents me from obsessing over the growing progress of my garden experiments on a daily basis. :-)

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The Idiot Gardener - I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't try it myself! I hope you can use this method to propagate some herbs at your home.

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Malay-Kadazan girl - thank you! I was also surprised that they stayed so strong and even grew while in water for 3 weeks.

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Frugal Gardener - Hope you do!

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Ottawa Gardener - fresh basil does sound a lot more appealing than frozen basil, doesn't it?

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Sara - Hope this method works well for you!

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Erin - you should definitely try this with your special basil that you have to buy every year. I'm going to check on you in a week to see if you've done it yet! :)

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ana - fresh basil in the kitchen is indeed a nice thing to have.

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allysgrandma - Thank you! But you have all those beautiful flowers, something I'm lacking in my garden. I'm not all that successful all the time. Have you seen my carrot harvest on yesterday's post? :-)

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Lauren S - I hope it works well for you!

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Sandy - So do you start your basil in the ground or in pots, and just transfer them all to glasses of water?

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Kaytee - thank you! I love it for its success as well as the encouragement it provided me for my next experiments.

Mr. H. said...

Those sure rooted up fast, I showed my wife and I think we are going to bring in some cuttings at the last minute this year and have a little extended fresh basil season...if we remember.

By the way, we made spaetzle with caramelized onions and cheese last night and served it alongside our stir fry was great. We need the spaetzle straining device though as our slotted pan made it a bit of a challenging project. I so glad that you shared this recipe though as we have both found a new food that we like and are looking forward to making it again soon..."tell them we loved it" my wife just yelled at me.:)

thyme2garden said...

Mr. H. - As long as you have room in the house for a few basil houseplants, I think indoor basil is much preferable to frozen basil or no basil over the winter.

I'm so happy to hear that you and your wife tried the spaetzle recipe and liked it! I left a comment on your blog with a link to a spaetzle maker on sale on Amazon.

Jami said...

So glad this worked- I will have to try this if I have any basil left after all our rain!
Thanks for linking!!


thyme2garden said...

Jami - I hope it works well for you like it did for me!

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