DIY: How to Regrow Herbs From Cuttings

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Fresh herbs are the perfect way to add more flavor to just about any dish. However, buying herbs every time you need them can get expensive – not to mention wasteful if you can’t find a use for them all right away. But did you know you can regrow many of the herbs you buy at the grocery store to create a whole new plant? The process is simple, sustainable, and fun for kids and adults alike. Follow the steps below to regrow your own basil, oregano, mint, thyme, rosemary and sage at home.

See more: Homegrown Herbs and Fruits Let You Drink Your Yard

How to Regrow Herbs

  1. Remove all the lower leaves from a cutting, leaving about 3 to 5 inches of bare stem with a handful of leaves at the top. Place the stem of the cutting in water, leaving the leaves above the waterline (regular plastic water bottles work great for this). For rosemary, thyme and sage, cut the bottom of the stem at a 45-degree angle before placing in water.
  2. Place the water bottle next to a window and replace the water every couple of days. The herb cutting will begin to develop roots after two to four weeks depending on the type of herb. (Rosemary is slow to produce roots – it can take up to two months or a bit longer. Oregano, on the other hand, can produce roots in about a week.) Let the roots develop for about a week before planting.
  3. Transfer the new plant with roots into a pot with soil or plant directly in your garden. Water as necessary to keep your plant healthy.
  4. Harvest your herbs as needed and add them to your favorite recipes.

See more: How to Grow Herbs Indoors

Learn how to regrow vegetables from kitchen scraps, including potatoes, green onions, garlic and more here!

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