How to Propagate Rosemary from Cuttings

Herbs & Spices
Propagate Rosemary From Cuttings

Rosemary is a great herb you can grow in your home or garden. It's often grown in pots or as a small shrub, but it's entirely possible to grow a full hedge of rosemary. You can accomplish this by purchasing many rosemary plants, or you can propagate your own.

In several years, you should have a beautiful hedge.

Propagating is a better way to go, because it gives you more control. You can use this method even if your goal is not to have a hedge. It's always useful to know how to propagate rosemary properly.

Propagating Rosemary

Propagating rosemary from cuttings is surprisingly easy and rewarding. It gives you lots of control and it saves money. Most importantly, it can lead to strong, healthy plants you can grow in your garden.

To propagate rosemary, follow these simple steps:

Take cuttings from a strong, healthy plant. Make sure the cuttings are not too woody or the whole process will take much longer.

When you have a cutting, pull off the leaves at least one third of the way up the stem.

Treat the cutting with rooting hormone. It's possible to skip this step but it will speed up the whole process and it may produce stronger plants. Dip the ends of your rosemary cuttings into rooting hormone.

Put the cutting in a glass of water and place it in a sunny spot. A window sill is a good place. Make sure to change the water every 4-5 days.

After a few weeks, you should see roots coming from the bottom of the cutting. It may seem like it takes forever, but just be patient and it will happen. The roots may begin to show sooner if the cutting rests on the bottom of the jar and it's not floating.

Once the cuttings have established a strong root network, you can safely plant them in pots. Keep an eye on them and their progress. They should grow into strong, healthy plants.

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