Did you know that it’s easy to root herbs in water? Discovered (by accident) by Michelle, editor of Gardenista: When her friend happened to stop by with a housewarming gift of snipped mint, rosemary, oregano, and sage, she set it down and promptly forgot about it days. When she next looked, the mint had roots.
This raised many questions: Will the mint survive if Michelle transplants it to the garden? Which of the other herbs will root? For guidance, she headed online and found, via Rebecca Sweet at Fiskars, instructions on how to clone even more herbs:
Above: Roots that sprout in water are brittle, according to Fiskars; use a wide-mouthed container so they don’t break off when you remove the stem. Herbs that root easily in water include oregano, basil, sage, and mint.
Above: Michelle already has a lot of these little jars on the shelf (she stores lentils and split peas and such in them); an Emma Glass Jar is $2.99 from The Container Store.
Above: Use sharp scissors to avoid harming the plant’s delicate cambium layer, which contains cells necessary for future growth.
Above: The “heel” that attaches to the main stem may contain more natural growth hormone and increase rooting capabilities.
Above: Toughen up roots before you transplant them. Add a few pebbles to the container each day until the pebbles reach mid-way up the stem, Fiskars recommends. The pebbles gently scrape roots, mimicking soil, prompting the plant to produce more root offshoots.
For more DIY gardening inspiration, visit Gardenista‘s post A Window Box Grows in Brooklyn.