It probably sounds too good to be true, or you might think you need a green thumb, but we swear anybody can do this!
We have seen a few source for propagating herbs this way, but if you want to know how to grow basil from cuttings without getting too technical, read on for the easy way we do it — without any unnecessary steps!
1. Start with a big, bushy basil plant. Get one straight from the store — no need to nurture it ahead of time!
2. Snip a cutting a few inches below its top set of leaves, above a lower set of leaves.
Tip: Cut at an angle. This gives the cutting more surface area to take in the water later.
3. If you have an extra set of leaves in the middle of your cutting, pinch (or snip) them off. You want a good few inches of bare stem.
4. Place your newly-naked stem into a jar, glass, or vase.
Tip: Use a clear container (rather than something opaque like a coffee mug or can) so you can see when the roots begin to grow or when it’s time to change the water.
5. Once you’ve clipped and prepared all your cuttings and stuck them in a container, fill it up with water.
6. Place your basil babies near a natural light source, but don’t leave them in direct, strong sunlight, or they can scorch and die.
7. Change the water daily (or when it becomes cloudy or stinky) by pouring it out and adding new room-temperature water.
After approximately a week, you’ll start to see tiny white, hair-like roots sneaking out from the stem. As you can see in the photo above, they’ll grow out of anywhere along the stem given the opportunity.
8. Once the roots have gotten thicker and a little more sturdy, you can plant the basil in a pot or directly into the ground!
Source: shrimp salad