5 Simple Steps to Grow Basil from Store-Bought Plants

Grow Basil from Store-Bought Plants

It’s easy to grow basil from store-bought plants and save money in the process instead of buying fresh herbs whenever you go to the store.

  • Basil is a popular herb choice for pesto, salads, and sauces.
  • It is easy to grow indoors and on windowsills.
  • It is also one of the easiest herbs to grow and suitable for beginners.

Here’s how to do it:

Gather Your Supplies

  • A store-bought basil plant
  • A clean glass or jar with a wide mouth
  • Filtered water

Take Cuttings

Snip off several 4-6 inch stem cuttings from the original plant, making sure to include a few sets of leaves. Remove any lower leaves, leaving only the top set intact.

Root in Water

Place the cuttings in the glass or jar, making sure the cut ends are submerged in the water. Position the container in a spot that receives plenty of direct sunlight, such as a sunny windowsill or under a grow light.

Maintain and Monitor

Change the water every 2-3 days to keep it fresh. Within a few weeks, you should start to see the development of robust root systems.

Transplant to Soil

basil in terracotta pot

Once the cuttings have developed an extensive root network, it’s time to transplant them into soil. Choose a well-draining potting mix and a container with adequate drainage holes to prevent root rot.

Enjoy the satisfaction of growing your own basil and impress your friends and family with your green thumb!

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