How to Propagate Basil from Cuttings

It's basically impossible to have too much basil. In this post, I'll go over how to easily take enough cuttings from a single basil plant to start another 30-40 growing!

In our dialogue with the basil plant (if you missed our post on dialogueing with plants, check it out here), we see that the most obvious thing about it is its flowers and stems. Looking more closely at the flower no obvious seeds reveal themselves, but we do see that the plant itself is woody and upright. This suggests that we take cuttings of the basil plant. Make sure to make a clean cut and trim away most of the leaves. The cuttings should be about 3-4" long. Basil prefers 'soft wood' cuttings, meaning that the thinner and less woody parts of the plant will take better than the thicker, woodier stems. The cuttings can be planted closely together in a box or separately in nursery bags. Make sure you plant them deeply! They will take best in a shady spot. Enjoy!


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