Magical Roots

Did you know that you can turn certain plants into more plants simply by using water? This is called rooting and you can teach your little ones all about it as a great rainy day activity. Simply talk your kids through the steps below and help them along the way:

  1. Cut the shoot off the end of mint, sage, rosemary or oregano - cut a piece about 15cm long
  2. Strip the leaves from the bottom half
  3. Place it in some water within a small glass jar or container on a sunny windowsill. It's good to find a container with a slightly narrower top as this will help hold the stem upright
  4. Change the water every few days so it stays fresh. You can use tap water but rainwater is even better because it contains less chemicals and more nutrients
  5. Amazingly within 2-6 weeks (depending on the plant) you should start to see roots begin to grow out of the base of the stem. Ask your little ones to check in on the growth each week and spot the difference.
  6. You can then decide together whether you want to keep them this way, harvesting their new leaves if they're herbs, or alternatively you can carefully plant them in small pots of compost and try growing them on for a bigger gardening project with your kids.  

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