For never-ending fresh & aromatic supply of sweet basil sprigs in your kitchen, follow these 6 steps and start Growing Basil in Water.
Sweet basil is a versatile herb that is used in various world cuisines. You can add it to homemade pizzas, soups, pasta, and scrambled eggs. The list is long, and you’ll never find enough recipes. That’s why if you’re a plant grower, you should grow it.
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If you don’t own a garden, grow it in a pot on your patio or apartment balcony. And, if you don’t have access to any of these outdoor spaces, grow it indoors. Yep, that’s possible! All you need is a windowsill with 5-6 hours of sunlight, and this article we’ve here.
Those who’re already growing it may know that one basil plant is never enough. You need more, and if you need more, this hack of growing basil in water will help you.
Why Should You Grow Basil in Water
Growing basil in water is a great way to make many specimens from your existing basil plant. For this, buy a healthy basil transplant from a garden center and easily multiply it by growing cuttings in glass jars filled with water. This is by far the best method for propagating basil.
How to Grow Basil in Water in 6 Steps
1. Take several cuttings from an existing basil plant. Remove all the lower leaves but save 2-3 sets on top. If there are flowers, cut them too.
2. Now place the cuttings in a clean, transparent glass jar and fill it with water in a way that only 2/3 (60-70%) part of the stem from the bottom submerges in water.
3. Place the glass jar at a spot that receives bright indirect sunlight and morning sun. A warm windowsill would be fine!
4. Don’t forget to change the water every 1-2 days and keep an eye on the growth of roots.
5. Young roots will form in 2-3 weeks. Wait till basil roots are minimum 2-3 inches long before transferring the cuttings in containers filled with rich loamy soil.
6. For a productive basil plant, check out our basil growing tips here.
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