Cuttings and pots
In the meantime, I read somewhere or other about taking cuttings from basil plants recently, so took a few from my 2 supermarket plants. The blog said to root them in water. So I popped them in a small container of water and left them on the windowsill, out of direct sunshine.
These tiny little roots are the result.
I decided to pot them up today, that is them at the top of the page. I think I’ll try taking some more cuttings and putting them straight in pots this time. I’m very pleased with the result. I could keep myself going with basil all summer just from 1 plant by doing this. I took cuttings by snipping off the top of a stem, about 10cm/4″ long, just above a leaf joint. That means that the remaining stem won’t die back. Then I snipped off the stem on the cutting to just below the next leaf joint. It is the leaf joint that will grow the new rootlets, and, again, you don’t want surplus stem hanging around, dieing off.
Last week, I thought I’d take a few cuttings from the mint plant. Considering whT an invasive plant mint is, I really struggle with it. It doesn’t grow very well at all in my garden and I hardly get any at all.
Check out those roots!
I potted those up too, and thought I’d keep them on the windowsill to use a pinch here and there once they are a bit more established.
Do you remember the potatoes I planted? One tuber in each 8″ pot. They seem to be doing really well, filling the pot with foliage. I’m hopeful there will be a worthwhile crop.