How to Propagate Basil from Cuttings

Growing basil from cuttings is quite simple. Follow the steps below and you will have a healthy, thriving basil plant in just 2 weeks.

  1. Cut around 3 inches of new growth from the top of a mature basil plant. Make a clean cut just above the next set of leaves. Do not take the cutting from a part of the plant that is flowering.
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  3. Gently remove the lower sets of leaves, leaving one set of leaves and the growing tip at the top.
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  5. Place the cutting in a small cup of fresh water and set the cup in a shaded area where it will receive partial sunlight. Be sure to change the water daily.
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  7. After a week in the water, you will start to notice the stem sprouting new roots. Give the basil plant another week or so to establish stronger roots before planting it in the soil.

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Special thanks to Marshall McGee, an incredibly talented guitarist and producer from NY, for giving us permission to use his music in our How To video!