Here’s how to have all the free herbs plants you’d ever want from the ones you already have…
Take cuttings from your plant or a friends! I usually take a jar of water with me to place the cuttings directly in water. Always look for the healthiest plants and stems to take cuttings from as propagation means you will get an exact genetic match. Basically your making a twin! So avoid cutting from plants that underperformed in your garden or have disease on their leaves.
Next I cut small stems from the large cutting right below a leaf node. I then strip the leaves off the bottom 2/3 of the stem. And pinch the very top. Now this single stem is ready to grow roots.
I love this propagating vase I purchased a few years ago. I have also thrifted many glass jars with small top openings. Empty spice jars. sauce jars and wine bottles also work well.
From here you’ll place your plants in a sunny indoor window. Checking the water level and topping it off as needed and changing out cloudy water immediately for fresh. Roots will form in one to two weeks!
I also do this in the summer with my strongest tomato plants! 🌱
Rachel Aissen is an award-winning meteorologist,