Cuttings and pots

Jun 6, 2015 | 4 comments


I’m getting ready to go down to Bexhill today in preparation for the wedding tomorrow. The weather is looking promising and everything that hasn’t been done now can stay not done. Just tried my dress on, wonder if I could get away with no tights? Better take some, and some self tan as well. Can’t quite believe that it is here, it was only last week that it was a year away! I’ll be sure to take lots of photos and I’ll show you 1 or 2 of them.

Basil cuttings

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.

Basil roots

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!

Mint cuttings

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.

Mint cuttings

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.





  1. Sue

    You know Mint is something I have never had in a pot on my kitchen windowsill and just how useful would that be, I’m going to take some cuttings from my monster plant in the front bed and rectify that at once.

    All the herbs root really well in a pot of water don’t they and look and smell amazing on the windowsill while they are doing it, a lovely natural air freshener for the kitchen 🙂

  2. Julia Taylor

    I hope today is going wonderfully.
    Many many congratulations

  3. Lesley

    Isn’t that strange! I’m hoping I’ll get a potful from my cuttings so I can use some

  4. scott

    I got a mint plant from aldi last year. Put the entire thing in a stone planter. it did nothing but sit there for the season.chopped it down just before winter and this year it’s doing its best to burst out of the container

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