How to propagate: Herbs

Have you ever bought a herbal plant that died quickly? Luckily, propagating herbs is easy. Herbal plants are difficult to maintain. That’s why it’s extra fun to make cuttings of a herbal plant. This way you’ll always have enough herbs at home.

When propagating your herbal plant, keep in mind that not all cuttings will thrive.

Supplies

  • Herbs / Herbal plant
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Glass, vase(s) or mug with water

Propagating Herbs in 4 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

First clean the knife you are might be using.

Keep the knife under hot water and clean them well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.

Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after the hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Take cuttings

First you cut some stems out from the Herbal plant. Make sure the stems are long enough. We recommend cuttings of at least 15 cm. This way you can be sure that the cutting has enough leaves as soon as it’s in the water.

Step 3: Cuttings in water

Herbs grows best when they're propagated in water. Place the stems in a glass with water, and make sure that no leaves touch the water.

It's important to remove the leaves at the bottom of the cutting. If leaves are hanging in the water the cutting can rot.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

As soon as the cutting(s) have developed roots of about 5 cm, you can repot the cuttings. Use a pot with fresh potting soil.

Always keep the soil of the cuttings slightly moist during the first period.

Does the cutting have sufficient roots? Then the cutting can be placed in a pot with soil. It is best to use fresh potting soil to stimulate root growth. Make sure to not water the first period.

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