Herb Starters – Looking to jump into the world of growing herbs? Then you’ve landed in the right spot. In this post, I’ll share how easy it is to propagate herbs from cuttings.
Spring has sprung and my indoor herbs are waking up. I love this time of year. The fresh leaves on the plants renew my own herbal interests and I can’t wait to get out into my garden. Right now, I have oregano, rosemary, bay and apple scented geranium growing in my kitchen. While I could try and grow more of these plants from seed, it would take a long time to make any headway. Woody-stemmed perennials grow more slowly that soft-tissued annuals. Instead, I’ll jump-start the process by propagating cuttings in order to create more plants for my summer herb garden.
Propagating from cuttings isn’t hard. You’re simply taking a selection from a healthy plant and encouraging it to grow a new root structure. You can encourage that root structure to form by using either soil or water. It takes a little patience, but it’s a blast when that itty-bitty cutting takes off and begins growing!
Follow these simple steps to propagate your own herbs:
- Make sure the plant you take your cutting from is disease free and shows no signs of wilting or stress.
- Take several short cuttings about 3-4″ long. Make sure you use a sharp sterilized knife or scissors. (Note: Spring and autumn are both great times to take cuttings because the plant responds better in cooler weather.)
- Remove the leaves from the bottom 2″ of the cuttings.
- Dip the cutting stem in rooting hormone if you want. (I’ve found rooting hormone to work well with bay, but haven’t needed it with other woody perennials.)
- Place your cuttings in a container filled with water or soil-free medium.
- Your containers only need to be 2-3″ deep. You’ll want to place the cutting so that the leaves are just above the soil or water line.
- If you’ve used soil, then water the soil gently but thoroughly. You’ll want to keep the medium moist at tall times. If you’re rooting in water, I suggest using natural spring water and changing the water every few days.
- Place your cuttings in a well lit area, but avoid direct sunlight.
- Check your cuttings, when they have roots approximately 1/2 ” or longer they’re ready to transplant!
That’s all there is to it! Have fun and go propagate herbs!
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