You probably know that I love propagating plants by cutting stems, leaving them in water and waiting until they sprout roots. I’ve done this for basil and rosemary fairly successfully in the past.
I tried it with mint over the winter; I bought a mint plant from one of the less upmarket supermarkets a few months ago and couldn’t bear to throw what I hadn’t used away. I cut some stems, put the ends into water and replanted them back in the same pot once they had sprouted roots. Now look at it!
(many of you may say that mint will grow anywhere but I have achieved the dubious accolade of having properly killed off my last mint plant).
I’m not denying its a bit straggly but I’ll put it into a bigger pot when we get to the (ahem) new place. I’ve not decided yet whether to put it outside or leave it indoors; I’ve discovered strawberries, plain yoghurt and some finely chopped mint make the most delicious late evening snack and am worried about the inevitable effect on such late evening snacking should the aforementioned mint be outdoors…
The other surprise for rooting stems was watercress. I’m not sure why I decided to do this because I don’t really like watercress, but after reading you can propagate watercress this way too there was no stopping me! I was not optimistic about the plastic packet of watercress from the less-than upmarket supermarket but put a couple of stems in water anyway. I think you’ll agree after a couple of days they do not look the healthiest of specimens!
However on further inspection you can see these….
I’ll give them another week and then pot them out. The removal men are not going to be amused….