Today it’s all about basil: how to grow, propagate, chop & freeze this versatile herb. Basil is one of those plants that grows almost anywhere and needs minimal care. It was the very first herb I ever planted and has been part of my herb garden ever since. First up is how to propagate basil from cuttings.
All About Basil: How to Propagate from Cuttings
Harvest several basil stems cutting low on the plant. Snip each stem at an angle just under the lowest set of leaf nodes. Trim the leaves so you have a bare stem.
Place the snipped basil stems in jars of fresh water. It helps to change the water every few days, but I occasionally forget and the roots still grow just fine.
Roots will grow out of the stems in about two weeks.
Plant the rooted basil stems in fresh potting soil and water well.
This is a great way to get extra plants to give as gifts or to use for an indoor herb garden when the cold weather arrives. My favorite ways to use basil are in pasta sauces, grilled honey mustard chicken and caprese salad. I will be sharing a recipe for the salad very soon.
Now it’s time for me to point you in the direction of my eBay blog where I’ve shared how to grow, chop and freeze basil. There’s a video of me showing how to chiffonade basil leaves…and I share the one secret that gives you perfect slivers of fresh basil every time. I also give you step-by-step directions on freezing basil and you won’t believe how easy it is. Just click the image below for more on All About Basil.
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