Here’re 11 Herbs that Grow from Cuttings, it’s an easy and less time-consuming method than seed propagation.
You can save a lot of money by growing herbs from cuttings. And, don’t forget it’s an easy way to multiply your herbs and less time consuming as well.
Growing Herbs from Cuttings
There are three types of cuttings which are Softwood Cuttings, Semi-hardwood cuttings, and hardwood cuttings:
Softwood cuttings are taken from the young and tender stem growth when they’re green, as the stem starts to change from green to brown and become hard and old, the cuttings that are taken at this time are known as hardwood cuttings.
Usually, the success rate from softwood cuttings is higher than hardwood cuttings, which means you should prefer the cuttings from the new growth instead of old growth as they are most likely to grow roots.
Take cuttings using a sharp tool; cuttings must be at least 3-6 inches long. Take the cuttings at an angle just below a leaf node. A leaf node is where a leaf is attached. Remove all the lower set of leaves from the cuttings except the top few, so that the energy could be focused only on the root generation.
You can grow them in either soil or water. Soil is preferable as it provides the necessary nutrients for plants to grow. To increase the propagation rate, before planting, drop the node end of the cuttings into the water and then dip them in rooting hormone. Rooting hormone will stimulate the root growth. You can use a commercial rooting hormone or make your own at home. You can use honey or aspirin for this purpose, learn more about this here.
This amazing herb has been used for thousands of years for medicinal and culinary uses. Cuttings should be taken at a node from the point where leaves grow, as roots are most responsive at this point. The cuttings should be planted in damp soil and away from the direct sun after removing lower leaves.
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One of the best herbs that grow from cuttings. Propagating basil will keep the supply of this herb going year around. All you have to do is cleave a basil stem (about 4-5 inches long) just below the leaf node, and follow the steps we shared above. You can also place the basil cutting in the glass of water near the windowsill, so it gets sufficient sunlight and grow roots. Avoid taking cuttings from the flowering part.
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With its refreshing mood fragrance and essential oils, sage is a must-have herb in your garden. Growing sage from cuttings is super easy: Take the cutting from a shoot approximately 6 cm below the node. Plant this cutting in moist soil and place it in a spot where it can receive morning sunlight. You can also grow cuttings in a glass of water to multiply your sage plants. Within two weeks roots will start to appear!
The best time to grow lavender from cuttings is in the summer season as they root easily in this season. You will need Lavender plant, sharp knife, a small 10 cm pot, multi-purpose compost, Rooting hormone (liquid or powder), clear polythene bags to propagate lavender plants. Check the detailed step by step DIY available here.
Growing rosemary from seeds is tedious work, so it’s better to propagate it from cuttings. Snip off 3-6 inches non-flowering shoots, and remove all the lower leaves so that only 2-3 top leaves are left. Keep the cuttings in cold frame or any sheltered and shaded space until they root in the next few weeks.
This herb requires very less attention and can be grown indoor or outdoor. Oregano thrives in a moderately warm climate and is a hardy perennial. To propagate, take a few inches long cuttings from a healthy oregano plant. It is better to take the cuttings from the young shoots as they are more likely to sprout roots. Remove the leaves from the bottom half. Plant it in the lightweight porous soil.
Mint is a very popular herb that can be used either fresh or in dried form in many dishes. Mint has one of the highest antioxidant properties compared to many other herbs. Growing mint from cuttings is as easy as growing it, in both the soil and water. Roots start to appear mostly within a week.
8. Sweet Woodruff
This herb has multiple uses and is most well known as an ingredient in May wine. It does not only have the culinary uses, but it also works as an excellent ground cover in the garden. It thrives in partial shade and shade, so should be planted under trees. Its fragrance resembles freshly-mown hay or vanilla. Once planted this herb thrives on its own if watered regularly. If you want to plant them at some other place, you can propagate this herb easily from cuttings.
9. Bee Balm
This herb has both culinary and medicinal uses. These plants bear bright flowers that attract butterflies and possess a minty fragrance which makes them ideal for bordering. The best time to propagate this herb by cuttings in late springs. Cut a 6-inch stem tip without flowers. Remove the leaves from the bottom half and dip the cutting in rooting hormone. Stick the cutting two inches deep in a small pot filled with well-aerated soil.
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Marjoram is a versatile herb and has many uses in cooking and is also used in aromatherapy. This herb has many health benefits. Seed germination is slow, and it takes approximately 2 weeks to germinate. Propagating marjoram is an easy way to multiply this herb in a short period. Take cuttings from the tip of the stem which is not less than 3 inches in length. Leave 4-6 leaves from the top and remove all other leaves. You should plant cuttings in late summer or early springs. In a hot climate, do this in winters.
Growing parsley from cuttings is possible, but the success rate is low. For this, take 4-5 inches long stem with some leaves on top and place it an inch deep in the pot. Maintain the moisture and keep the cutting in a shady spot that receives indirect light, wait for a couple of weeks for the emergence of roots.
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