Magazine article Sunset

In the SUNSET GARDEN

Magazine article Sunset

In the SUNSET GARDEN

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TIPS FROM OUR TEAM

KNOW-HOW

PROPAGATION SHORTCUT

Multiply your favorite herbs (like basil, lemon verbena, mint, and sage) by rooting stems in water. Here's how.

Snip: Cut 3 to 4 inches from the tip of a healthy plant stem, removing the lower leaves, which will be submerged.

Root: Plunk stems in water and place containers in bright light, out of direct sun. Change water daily.

Plant: When roots grow (in two to four weeks), transplant cuttings into pots filled with a peat-based medium and store them in a sunny windowsill to save them for next spring.

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