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If you aren’t propagating fresh herbs on your windowsill, you’re missing out and probably spending money you don’t need to spend at the grocery store. Regrowing your own herbs is a great way to save money, and nothing beats having fresh herbs handy whenever you need them. Even in winter.
Lemongrass is a fun herb to keep on hand. It’s great for Asian dishes, and it’s not hard to propagate. Simply place a fresh lemongrass stalk with roots in a glass of water. Make sure it sits in a sunny window with plenty of light. Once the roots are established, you can transplant it into a larger container or garden bed.
Parsley is a basic herb you should always have on hand. It’s incredibly easy to grow with minimal effort. Unlike some plants, parsley is easy to keep under control in larger beds. If you want to propagate it, simply snip a cutting and place it in a jar of water – within 1 to 2 weeks, you’ll have roots ready to replant.
To propagate dill, you’ll want to take a cutting that is at least 4 to 6 inches in length. Cut just below the node. (The point in the stem that the leaves and other stems grow from.) Remove the lower leaves and place the stem water, making sure the nodes are underwater. You’ll see roots in about 1 week. Do not keep in direct sun.
Mint is prolific. It’s one of the easiest plants to grow and one of the hardest to contain. For that reason, you’ll always want to contain it in a manageable container instead of directly in the ground, where it can quickly spread and take over. Place your cutting in a jar of water and wait 1 to 2 weeks for the roots to grow.
Make sure you have at least an inch or two of stem you can sink into a jar of water. In a brightly lit window, roots will sprout in one to two weeks.
Once you have cut a stem from the plant, remove any lower leaves and put it in water. Roots will grow in 1 to 2 weeks.
Here again, a simple cutting placed in water will grow roots. However, sage takes a bit longer. You’ll have to wait 2 to 3 weeks for proper roots to fully sprout.
Just like oregano, you’ll want to remove any lower leaves from the stem you cut off the plant. Place in water and wait 1 to 2 weeks for roots.
Rosemary will take the longest to grow roots at 2 to 4 weeks. It’s a heartier plant and can be planted almost anywhere once you have roots. Place the cutting in a container with enough water to submerge the lower portion of the stem.
10. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm tends to be quite easy to propagate. Roots will take about 1 to 2 weeks to grow to a length long enough to plant in soil.
Stevia also takes about 1 to 2 weeks to grow roots long enough for planting. And once you have this plant, it’s a great way to sweeten any number of dishes.
Cilantro requires more frequent water changes. Change water every 3-4 days, and you’ll have healthy roots in 1 to 2 weeks.
As with cilantro, you’ll want to frequently change the water for your chives and keep them in an indirect but sunny spot. You’ll have roots in 1 to 2 weeks.
14. The Cutting
Take a 4-6 inch cutting from a healthy plant just below a leaf node (where the leaves emerge).
15. Leaf Removal
Remove the lower leaves, leaving a few leaves at the top.
Place the cutting in a glass or jar of water, ensuring that the stem is submerged, but the leaves are above the waterline.
Keep the cutting in a well-lit spot, but avoid direct sunlight.
Change the water every few days to prevent it from becoming stagnant. It should be clear, not brown or muddled.
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This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.