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Spring Basil

Posted by on Mar. 20, 2017 at 8:40 AM
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Starting seeds and rooting clippings is my favorite way to garden.  It is less expensive, and you know exactly what variety you will grow.

I like ot buy a single basil plant early in the season and root clippings in water.  A sunny spot is all you need to coax them to make new roots. Transplant into a small pot with seed starting mix and keep moist - by May you have lots of new basil plants for very little cost.


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Azure
by Member on Mar. 21, 2017 at 1:08 PM

Thanks... how do you do the clippings?

MonarchMom22
by Member on Mar. 21, 2017 at 5:01 PM
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Just snip a piece off a stem, about 2-4" long.  Remove any of the lowest leaves until you just have a cluster at the tip. Put it into water, and keep it in a sunny spot.  It will root all along the stem that is in water.  Then you can transplant into some very light potting mixutre - the type you use to start seeds.  Keep it moist until the roots are used to the soil.  

Once it is consistently warm outside (late May for us) I start to "harden off" the plant by putting it outside in the shade during the day, inside at night.  After a week it can stay outside and then move into a sunny spot.  You need to do this gradually to let it adapt to outside conditions.  

You can do this with basil, tomatoes and geraniums.  The cheapest way to start a lot of plants!

Quoting Azure:

Thanks... how do you do the clippings?


Azure
by Member on Mar. 23, 2017 at 6:56 PM


Quoting MonarchMom22:

Just snip a piece off a stem, about 2-4" long.  Remove any of the lowest leaves until you just have a cluster at the tip. Put it into water, and keep it in a sunny spot.  It will root all along the stem that is in water.  Then you can transplant into some very light potting mixutre - the type you use to start seeds.  Keep it moist until the roots are used to the soil.  

Once it is consistently warm outside (late May for us) I start to "harden off" the plant by putting it outside in the shade during the day, inside at night.  After a week it can stay outside and then move into a sunny spot.  You need to do this gradually to let it adapt to outside conditions.  

You can do this with basil, tomatoes and geraniums.  The cheapest way to start a lot of plants!

Quoting Azure:

Thanks... how do you do the clippings?


Thanks!

clairewait
by Group Owner on Mar. 24, 2017 at 11:36 AM

I kept basil alive all winter and have thought about rooting it this year. It is looking pretty sad right now though, all cold and small and flowery.

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