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{DIY} Cloning Herbs

I love to grow herbs, although sometimes I’m not very good at it. Every year, one herb fails miserably from my black thumb. Last year it was cilantro (of course the one I use the most). Did you know that plants such as basil, mint, and oregano are incredibly easy to reproduce from cuttings; and grow faster this way than from the seed. All you need to do, is allow new plants to grow for a few weeks to a month. When they’ve doubled in size, cut a few stems about 4 or 5 inches long just above or below a node (the juncture on the stem where leaves are attached). Pluck off one or two sets of leaves, and remove any flower or buds that have formed. The goal here is to keep the plant focused on growing roots and leaves; flowers (a different form of reproduction) are a big energy drain.

Stick the stems in a small cup or jar of water and place in a sunny but protected spot. Add more water as it evaporates; at least one node should always be submerged in water since this is where the roots will form. You should begin to see roots growing in less than a week. Once healthy roots have formed, either plant them in the ground or in a pot and that’s it!

Additional Notes:Plants with woodier stems, including rosemary, scented geraniums (aka pelargoniums), and lemon verbena tend to have a little trouble producing roots in water, but will work just as easily in a soil-like medium. Follow the directions for growing in water, but push the cutting into a small plastic pot or tray filled with well-draining potting soil, coir, or a mix of 1 part vermiculite and 1 part perlite. Click here for the full tutorial over at re-nest.

Herbs to Start in Water:

  • Basil
  • Broadleaf Thyme/Cuban Oregano
  • Mint
  • Oregano

Herbs to Start in Soil/Coir:

  • Broadleaf Thyme/Cuban Oregano
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Savory (Summer and Winter)
  • Scented Geraniums
  • Stevia
  • Thyme

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