Many of us find trimming the garden or yard to be a pain, and hastily toss out the cuttings to be done with the job. However, you may want to think twice next time you get ready to toss your cuttings into the trash; many of these discarded herbs and plants can be re-planted. Read on to find out more about which vegetation you can give a second chance at life.
Some Definitions You Need To Know
Before you start hacking away at all of your plants and thrusting a cutting into the ground haphazardly, there is some basic terminology you’ll need to understand.
Tip cuttings – A cutting 6-8 inches away from the top of the tip is taken (used for most herbs).
Basal cuttings – Cut off a side branch, cutting as close to the main stem as possible.
Heel cuttings – Peel off a side branch so that the cutting contains some of the main branch.
Stem sections – A 4-6 inch section is taken from the main stem; the cutting will then sprout roots at the bottom and nodes at the top. This method is used for cane-forming plants.
Leaf cuttings – A leaf is simply removed from the original plant and replanted; this is most often used for succulents.
Best Herbs and Plants to Re-Grow From Cuttings
Knowing which plants and herbs make for sustainable cuttings can help you maintain a healthy garden, and better plan out what to grow. These cuttings can improve the richness of your garden, the productivity of your herbs, or simply make for great gifts to share with your green thumb friends.
Pot a 4-inch basal cutting for a springtime transplant; make the cut in the fall and keep the cutting warm and moist throughout the cold months. Further reading: Medicinal Benefits of Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Make tip cuttings about 4 inches long with 3-4 pairs of leaves. Remove the lower leaves and insert into moist soil and cover with plastic sheet.
Simply plant your tip cuttings in moist planting soil and you’ll have additional thyme plants in a jiffy. Further reading: Medicinal Benefits and Uses of Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)
Snip off a 3-inch cutting from the tip during early spring and root in a cold frame. After about 4-6 weeks, you can then transplant the growth into your garden. Further reading: Health Benefits and Uses of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
You can easily plant tip cuttings any time of the year to increase your basil produce. Further reading: Basil: The Amazing Herb
A 3-5 inch long tip cutting taken and planted in the spring will yield new plants in no time. Further reading: Health Benefits and Uses of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
In early spring you can lift the root and cut 3-inch sections. Plant each cutting about a foot apart in your garden. Further reading: Health Benefits of Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
If your geraniums are slightly wilted, that is the perfect time to take a 6-8 inch long cutting from the plant. After cutting, hydrate the original plant and your cuttings well. Further reading: Medicinal Benefits and Uses of Geranium
9. Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
Cut 2-3 inches from the leaves and plant where you want new ones to grow. Further reading: 7 Household Plants that Improve Indoor Air Quality
Take 3-4 inch long cuttings from your jade plant, then set them aside for about a week. After the week is up, place the cuttings in a well-draining potting mixture (for indoor plants) and water occasionally.
Simply take a 12-inch long cutting and plant in the desired area. Opt for a flower with a stem that is of pencil thickness, and make the move in the fall. Be sure to water the cuttings thoroughly until winter. Further reading: Medicinal Benefits and Uses of Rose
Fall is the perfect time to take a 10-12 inch cutting from a holly bush that has berries. Wound the bottom one inch, and then pot the cuttings in moist soil. Cover the transplants with plastic sheet and keep indoors.