Grow Basil Plant from Cuttings
When I started my lettuce greenhouses, I searched for other varieties to grow in my backyard. I am telling you, it can be quite addictive! I tried growing basil from seeds but I failed. So I look for other ways to grow basil. Do you know that you can also grow basil plant from cuttings?
First of all, why basil? Well when I first purchased my nutrient solution for my hydroponics garden, it came with freebies and it includes basil seeds. So I tried germinating it the same way I did for lettuce. I became frustrated and a little depressed because nothing survived! It grew for about two inches already! So after weeks of searching, finally tried growing it from cuttings. But first let me enumerate the health benefits of basil and where to use them.
Health Benefits of Basil
Both sweet and holy basil have a long history of medicinal use. A few studies in people suggest benefits for blood sugar and stress, though more research is necessary. (source: Healthline)
Preliminary studies suggest sweet basil may:
- Reduce memory loss associated with stress and aging.
- Reduce depression related to chronic stress.
- Reduce stroke damage and support recovery, whether given before or right after a stroke.
- Improve fasting blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension.
- Relax blood vessels and thin your blood, similar to aspirin.
- Protect against aspirin’s damage to your gut, particularly preventing ulcers.
- Prevent certain cancers, including of the breast, colon and pancreas.
- Increase mental alertness when inhaled as aromatherapy.
- Inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause dental decay.
- Improve food safety, such as if integrated into food packaging by manufacturers.
- Provide an alternative to antibiotics for infectious diseases, including combating antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
- Repel insects, such as mosquitos and ticks.
Where to Use Basil
When you’re ready to use it, your options are endless. Of course, if you’re looking for basil recipes, pesto has to be your #1. Stir it into pasta, slather it on sandwiches or toast, top it onto eggs, drizzle it over salads, or dollop it onto grilled veggies. Rich, nutty, and bright, it automatically kicks any dish up a notch. (source: loveandlemons)
Otherwise, basil goes especially well with Asian or Italian flavors, so toss it into a stir fry or make a classic caprese salad. Here are some other everyday ways to use it:
- Top whole leaves onto pizza.
- Finish pasta with whole or thinly sliced leaves.
- Blend it into sauces.
- Puree it into soups.
- Chop it up to add to a salad.
- Use it to garnish avocado toast.
- Turn it into an ice cream topping! Jazz up vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries, basil, and a balsamic reduction.
How to Root Basil in Water
So I went to the market and found young basil plant to start my experiment. Luckily, I was able to buy the last two and started my basil project. Use a scissor to get a cutting. Count to three nodes down and that’s where you will do the cutting. Remove the basil leaves from two nodes down and submerged it to water. You can also use soil but since I love hydroponics and it will be my mother plants, I put it in water. It’s also easy to maintain. I don’t have to water it everyday, plant and forget!
I used bottles from sandwich spread, cleaned it and put tap water. If the water is chlorinated, leave it for 24 hours so that chlorine will evaporate. Replace the water if you did not cover it so it will not have bacteria or algae growing. I placed it under my greenhouse with indirect sunlight. Literally, you’re just going to watch and see the roots grow. After 7-10 days, roots started to show! Awesome! Two weeks later, I already have four mother plants!
Leafy vegetables first, then into herbs, last but not the least, fruits! I should have a large acres of land instead of backyard only. Hopefully, someday, one day! For now, I will update you on my mini projects because I also have strawberries and grapes. Exciting times ahead! Follow MyKmagazine page for more updates!