Basil Propagation: How to Propagate Basil From Cuttings

Posted May 2, 2016 by Lauren Dibble in Gardening, Recipes / 1 Comment

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How to Propagate Basil From Cuttings

My first stumbling venture into permaculture, the idea of creating a sustainable, never-ending supply of resources, was in propagating basil cuttings. I love harvesting seeds or propagating new plants from existing ones. You have an endless supply of free plants at your finger tips with just a bit of knowledge.

Propagating basil from cuttings is the simplest step you can take in your permaculture venture. It is so simple, you’ll want to continue doing it and grow enough new basil plants to give away to your fellow homesteaders and culinarily-inclined friends.

If you find yourself with too much basil, you can always dry it in a dehydrator and use it to make Homemade Dry Italian Seasoning. Also check out my recipes for Chicken Pudding and Homemade Meatballs for other ways to use up your basil harvest.


  1. Simply prune back an existing basil plant, just below a leaf node (where new leaves are growing from the stem) giving yourself at least a 4 inch piece to work with.
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Remove the leaves at the node.

2. Remove the leaves at the node.

3. Place in water on a window-still or with some indirect light for two weeks.

4. Replace water, keeping nodes covered, every other day.

5. Once your basil cutting has produced new roots more than two inches in length, they can be transplanted to a pot with soil

Bonus: the original basil plant you took the cutting from will grow thicker and bushier after this pruning.


One response to “Basil Propagation: How to Propagate Basil From Cuttings

  1. I need to do this. I always run into the issue where I either don’t have enough basil or some of it mysteriously dies, once again leaving me with not enough basil. LOL I did accidentally propagate some last year when a stem broke off and (without thinking) I stuck the broken stem back into the dirt. By some miracle it survived. I love propagating everything I can.

    Thank you for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop.

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