Herb Plant Propagation Techniques can seem tedious and confusing.

Propagation of Herbs is often misunderstood and can become unnecessarily confusing. There are many ways in which to propagate your favorite herbs, although what works for some herb plants may not work for another. This is where the process of herb plant propagation can become very confusing for the beginning herb gardener. Not only are the processes confusing but the reason for each can be vastly misunderstood.

The typical methods of herb plant propagation are outlined in the following:

Planting herb seeds:

The most natural form of herb plant propagation is to Plant Herb Seeds. To we humans this is the most familiar method of herb propagation.

Herb plant propagation with Cuttings:

For cuttings to grow into healthy herbs they must be taken from healthy herbs at the proper time, set into a quality rooting medium, and kept moist and warm until the cuttings set roots and grow.

There are a number of different types of cuttings, but for the herb gardener the best types of cuttings are:

Root Division:

Propagation by division of the herb's crown is often done to perennial herbs such as Chives or Oregano in fall. Some herbs are best divided in early spring, before new growth begins the new season.

Propagation by Layering:

Stem layering is a slower but safer method of cloning certain herbs. A woody stemmed herb such as Rosemary is a perfect example of an herb that is easily propagated by layering.

Snip the original parent branch at the base of the new herb plant and either leave it in the pot or replant the new herb in your chosen location.