How to Propagate Basil 

Select a Healthy Plant

Choose a healthy basil plant to cut from. You'll want a plant that's mature but not yet flowering.

Cut a Stem

With a clean, sharp scissors, cut a 4-inch stem from the parent plant right below a leaf node, which is where a leaf joins the stem and where new roots will sprout.

Prepare the Cutting

Remove the leaves on the lower part of the stem, leaving just a few sets of leaves at the top.

Place in Water

Put the stem in a glass of clean water, ensuring the leaf nodes are submerged. Place the glass in a location that gets indirect light.

Change the Water

Change the water every other day to keep it clean and free from bacteria.

Wait for Roots

In a week or two, you should see roots start to grow from the submerged leaf nodes. Once the roots are about 2 inches long, the cutting is ready to be planted.

Plant in Soil

Plant the rooted cutting in a pot with potting soil. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.

Grow and Harvest

Allow the plant to grow and mature before you start harvesting. Always harvest by pinching off a few leaves at a time.

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