How to Plant Herb Clippings


Fresh herbs make a wonderful addition to many foods. Their flavors can add spice and texture to almost any meal, and many herbs are said to promote good health as well. While it is possible to use dried herbs in many recipes, growing your own fresh herbs has a great deal of appeal for many cooks and the taste of fresh is almost always better than dried. Fortunately starting and growing herb clippings is a simple process that any home gardener can master.

Step 1

Fill a growing pot or tray with sowing soil, available to your local nursery. Sowing soil can be made by mixing regular potting soil with about 1/3 sand. Water the soil until moist.

Step 2

Take cuttings from your favorite herb plants. Cut just below a leaf node. Cuttings should be taken from new growth (early spring is the perfect time to take cuttings) and should be 3 or 4 inches long.

Step 3

Remove leaves from the cut end so that approximately 1 and 1/2 inches of the cutting can be inserted into the sowing soil. Dip the cut end into rooting hormone powder, available to your local nursery.

Step 4

Use your finger or a pencil to poke a hole into the sowing soil and carefully insert the cut end of your cutting into the hole and gently press the sowing soil around it.

Step 5

Place a plastic bag over the growing pot or tray to act as a greenhouse, or cut a 2-liter soda bottle in half lengthwise and use that as a mini greenhouse. Place the pot or tray in a shady location out of direct sun.

Step 6

Watch for new growth, which should begin in 2 to 3 weeks. Very little water should need to be added as long as the cuttings are covered by a plastic bag or a soda bottle greenhouse.

Things You'll Need

  • Growing pots
  • Sowing soil
  • Herb cuttings
  • Rooting hormone
  • Plastic bag or 2-liter soda bottle


  • Growing Herbs from Cuttings
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Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.