Grocery Store Gardening: Herbs
May 2, 2020

Can we re-grow herbs from a grocery store? Yes, you can and we will teach you how!

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Many herbs are able to be regrown through propagation. Propagation is the process of creating new plants from seeds, and cuttings. For most herbs, the quickest way to get more plants is from cuttings.

Herbs that you can regrow from cuttings:

  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • And much more…

What you’ll need:

  • Sharp knife or scissors
  • Clean glass or jar
  • Room temperature Water

What’s the process?

Step 1:

Identify the “softwood” and “hardwood” sections on the stem. The softwood section is the new growth of the plant and usually is a bright green color. The hardwood section is the old-growth and is usually is a brown-ish or darker green color.

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Caption: hardwood & softwood section of the stem

It is advised to take your cutting from the softwood section of the stem. New growth, such as a new root system, will grow more easily from the softwood section in comparison to the hardwood section.

Step 2:

Cut the stem on the softwood section directly under a node. A node is where the leaves join the stem. The cutting should be 4 to 6 inches in length.

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Caption: Node section on the stem

Step 3:

Once you have made the cutting, pinch off the leaves on the bottom half of the stem to give space for the new roots to emerge.

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Caption: Cutting with stems removed

Step 4:

Put the cuttings in a mason jar or glass that has room temperature water, preferably spring water. Only fill up the jar 1/3 of the way. Keep the jar in a warm place with indirect light. By a windowsill is sufficient.

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Remember: change the water frequently to prevent bacteria growth.

Step 5:

A root system will begin to grow within a two week period. The roots will appear white, and that is perfectly fine. Continue to change the water.

Step 6:

Once you have noticed that new leaves are emerging from the stem, transplant the stem from the mason jar into your garden or into a 1-gallon garden container with a potting mix.

Also, check out Soulfire Farm’s Lawn to Garden Guide to determine which size container is best for your herb selection.

Step 7:

Tune in every Saturday in May for the DIY: Grocery Store Gardening Series. We are going to teach you how to regrow your favorite store-bought vegetables at home. You can find out more information here regarding our DIY: Grocery Store Gardening Series.

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