Herbs propagated from grocery store cuttings
I have to say that I was a bit skeptical about getting the herbs to root from the bunches I get from the grocery store. Around here, many of the thai / vietnamese herbs do not come with roots, so I was really delighted that they rooted for me and are growing nicely.
Here's a pic of thai basil (center) and purple perilla (right). The perilla has been in bright light (not full sun), which is why I think it looks mostly green at the moment instead of green/purple. I did buy Thai basil from a box store, but it doesn't quite look and taste like the variety I'm familiar with in restaurants and grocery stores, so I decided I might as well root the variety I'm familiar with and want. So you could imagine my delight when the cuttings were growing for me and as soon as they put on a little more growth, I'll put them in my herb garden (see below).
Those on the left are green onions (again from the grocery store) that I decided I might as well root too. :)
If anyone's curious, I have a 4'x4' square foot herb garden that I'm experimenting with this year. The boxes are essentially 1'x1' sections, except the lemon grass (top left) is planted on a 1'x2' area.
1st Row: lemon grass, sweet basil, sage, oregano
2nd Row: lemon grass, empty spot, regular cilantro (it's bolting currently), thyme
3rd Row: flat leaf parsely, mexican basil (which I mistakened for thai basil and am thinking of taking out), thai basil (this box store variety is much smaller and tastes different from the grocery store variety), empty spot
4th Row: onion chives, apple mint (planted in a pot), empty, empty
I've left several spots empty on purpose so I can plant other herbs I find that may want to put in there. My vietnamese cilantro (also from grocery store cutting) was rooting, but all of a sudden died.
So for those of you that have thought about rooting herbs, I just want to say it wasn't at all difficult and actually easy to do. I'm going to try rooting a few more asian herbs.
Thanks for looking!