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Gardening Tip: Pruning Basil for Bushier Growth and Rooting Potential

Did you know that pruning basil not only promotes bushier growth but also offers an opportunity to propagate new plants?

Here's a handy tip to maximize your basil harvest and expand your basil garden

Pinch or prune the topmost leaves of your basil plant. This process prompts the plant to grow lateral branches, resulting in a fuller and more compact plant.

Cut the branches before they flower. Cut them close to the base, but over the emerging shoots. They will now grow into branches. Watch the vide to see how!

Propagate Basil from Cuttings

Pruning basil offers a unique opportunity for propagation. After pruning, save the basil cuttings with at least two sets of leaves. Place the cuttings in a glass of water, making sure that the lower nodes are submerged. Keep the glass in a warm and well-lit area, changing the water every few days. Soon you'll notice roots starting to develop. Once the roots are a few cm long, you can transplant the cuttings into pots or directly into the garden soil.

By regularly pruning your basil, you not only maintain a compact and bushy plant but also create opportunities to grow new basil plants from the cuttings. This allows you to expand your basil garden and enjoy an abundant supply of fresh, aromatic leaves for your culinary delights.

Remember to use the pruned leaves immediately or store them properly to retain their flavor and fragrance. Happy pruning and propagating!

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