8 Herbs to Root from Grocery Store Cuttings

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Learn how to Root Herb Cuttings from Store-Bought Herbs. It’s a fun and easy way to have a fresh supply at your home without extra cost!

You can easily root herb cuttings that you buy from stores! Discover the names of the best ones you can regrow easily that you have bought from a grocery shop or farmer’s market.

Have a look at the herbs you can grow from your spice rack here

How to Utilize the Leftover Fresh Herbs from a Grocery Store?

Root Herb Cuttings from Store

You can have new plants from the leftover fresh herbs that you have got from a grocery store or a farmer’s market easily. The trick is to get fresh herbs with stems attached and root them as soon as possible.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Glass Jars or Pots
  • Fresh Water or Potting Mix
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Rooting Hormone (Optional)


  • Remove the bottom leaves from the 3-4 inch long stem cutting.
  • Dip the cutting in a rooting hormone, put it in a glass jar filled with fresh water, and place it on a sunny windowsill. You can also propagate cuttings in a potting mix or soil.
  • Growing herbs hydroponically is quite popular and easy as well. We have a great article on it here

Herbs You Can Grow from Supermarket

1. Basil

You can grow basil in both soil and water easily from store-bought leftovers. It is fun, and you get a fresh year-round supply in your home!

2. Rosemary

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While growing rosemary cuttings in soil or water, make sure its leaves don’t get submerged. Keep the plant on a windowsill that gets bright, indirect light.

Here’s everything you need to know about growing rosemary

3. Celery

You can easily regrow store-bought celery by growing its base in a jar of water. Cut 2-3 inches off the root end and put in a bowl of water. Keep it where it can get 3-4 hours of sunlight.

Change the water every 2-3 days, and you will see the roots in a couple of weeks. Replant it then in a pot with potting mix.

4. Thyme

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Thyme can be grown from 3-4 inches cuttings. Remove the lower leaves and plant the cutting in a soil mix. It requires similar growing conditions as rosemary so that you can pair them together too! Do not take more than 25-35 percent of the overall plant at one time.

Check out our article on growing thyme here

5. Mint

Mint is one of the best herbs that you can grow this way. Take a 4-5 inches long mint cutting and propagate it either in the soil or water on a sunny windowsill.

Here’s all you need to know about growing mint

6. Oregano

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This woody herb can be grown in both growing mediums from stem cuttings. Place the jar on a sunny window and wait till the cuttings form roots. You can then transplant the cutting in a pot filled with potting mix and can harvest its leaves as soon as it grows above 5 inches tall.

Check out our article on growing oregano here

7. Cilantro


Cilantro can be easily grown from store cuttings. You can also grow it in the soil, as shown in this tutorial here, or put it in a glass of water and place the plant in bright, indirect light. Make sure to change it every 3-4 days. This way, you’ll be able to reuse it again.

Have a look at our article on growing cilantro here

8. Bonus – Green Onions / Scallions

Though not a herb, it is also very easy to grow. While buying green onions from a store, make sure that you are getting a fresh one with bulbs intact. To learn to grow this, follow the below instructions:

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You can grow different herbs like basil, rosemary, celery, thyme, mint, oregano, cilantro, and green onions from grocery store cuttings. Whether you choose to root them in water or soil, ensure they receive ample light, and if growing in water, keep it fresh by changing regularly.

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