Multiply your plants

in powerhousecreatives •  last month 

This is just a small tip for new gardeners and it is a rather fun thing to do.

If you want to get a few more plants of your favourite herbs etc., try to root them in water -it is so easy.

Just cut a piece off the top of the plant - about 15cm in lengtth - make the cut just below a pair of leaves, then gently remove these bottom leaves and pop your cutting into a small jar of water - making sure that the area where you have removed the leaves is under water.

Place your jar with the cutting in it on to a sunny window sill and in a few days you will see roots emerging.

Allow the roots to develop until they are about 10 cm in length.
Your cutting is now ready to put into a container.

Use a good potting soil with compost added and as soon as the plant shows signs of top growth, it is ready for some organic fertilizer.

This is a great idea if you would like to grow a plant as a gift for someone - and is fun to do.

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It is, indeed, a great idea for gift. One has to have some soil and pot knowledge, unlike me, still it's a good way to share :)


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As a homesteader, these are the things that allow us to perpetuate the life of the plants in the gardens....and we benefit from it a little time later :)


Indeed - and it is fun to do .

I've done this for coleus but I never thought of doing it with my herbs - I imagine it will only work on certain one. That looks like basil you rooted up - a lovely gift!


Yes that is basil, but I have done it with rosemary, lavender and thyme as well as many garden shrubs.


You did all those herbs in water successfully? I thought they had to be put into light soil and misted with some type of cover to prevent them from drying out until they root. If they grow in water I'll have to give it a try!


Yes you can root in a sandy soil - but I have had great success in water.

Sometimes this seems to work better than others. Nature wants to survive!

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Indeed - if nature decides - that is it.

I had no idea you could do that! It sounds really easy. I'll have to give it a try with a few things from my garden this year. I wonder if you can do this with tomato plants too?


No not tomatoes - at least I dont think so.

Okay... this I have to try out! Does it work with any plants? For instance, I have a rosemary plant that I want to have a few more of... but it's stem is a bit on the woody side of things...


That is ok - just strip off the bottom leaves and pop into water - I often pick bunches of rosemary for the vase and when it is time to change, I find they have sprouted roots.

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