Late spring through early summer is a great time to begin propagating those herbs that are difficult to grow from seed, but so useful that you need them in abundance in your garden. And why not do it? It’s free and easy!
The following herbs can be propagated by stem cuttings: Catnip, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon balm, Marjoram, Mints, Oregano, Rosemary, Rue, Sage, Thyme, and many more!
Instructions for Propagation:
- Cut only the stems that have 2-4 inches of new growth with a clean, sharp knife just below the node
- Dip the stem in hormone rooting powder (or dried cow manure mixed with dried seaweed)
- Place into a planting medium that will not compact (a mixture of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 perlite works great for me).
- Keep soil moist and out of direct sunlight until root growth reaches one inch.
- Winter-over plants to sunlight when transplanting back into the ground.