How to propagate Rosemary – The easy way

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Do you love rosemary? You can grow a ton of it to use while cooking if you learn how to propagate rosemary!

We absolutely love growing herbs in our backyard garden. We grow a variety of different culinary and medicinal herbs but one of our favorites to grow is – Rosemary. It is aromatic and really enhances the flavor of some of our favorite dishes so we always want an abundance on hand to use. It is super easy to propagate rosemary form cuttings.

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Rosemary is a great herb to grow in your backyard garden. It adds a great flavor and an incredible aroma to your meals. We love using it to season our oven roasted potatoes.

Growing rosemary from cuttings

Rosemary is one of the easiest herbs to grow in your garden. It is a perennial in moderate climates and be grown in colder zones in a pot. It can be brought inside over the winter or you can take cuttings to start a new plant.

We love growing rosemary from cuttings! It is an easy way to grow more in your backyard garden.

How to propagate Rosemary

The first thing you need to consider when propagating rosemary and other woody perennials is – the time of year when you are going to do it. Rosemary is a herb that you can propagate from cuttings. There are two types of cuttings you can take in order to propagate a new plant.

The first type of cutting you can make is a hard wood cutting. These are generally taken late in the growing season when the stems have became woody. These cuttings should be taken in the fall.

The second type of cutting you can make is a soft wood cutting. These are generally taken in the spring when fresh growth has emerged. These cuttings tend to be easier to propagate than hard wood cuttings and usually have a higher success rate.

Here is a great book about propagating wood cuttings.

How to Propagate Rosemary from cuttings

Since you have decided to propagate rosemary from cuttings and you have decided what type of cutting you want to use – it is time to actually take the cuttings. You will need a few things when taking cuttings. First, you will need a pair of clean and very sharp pruners in order to take the cuttings. A glass or other type of container to put the cuttings into after taking them. That is really all there is to it!

Take your pruners and clip off 4-6 inch cuttings off of the plant. I always take more cuttings that I need as to make sure my chances are better. If you want two new plants – then take about 6-8 cuttings. You can always give some of them away if they all grow roots. Who wouldn’t want some a free rosemary plant?

After taking the cuttings from the mother plant – take any leaves off of the bottom 2-3 inches. This bottom 2-3 inches will be inserted into the water and will rot if left on the stem.

Place your cuttings into the clean water with the end where the leaves have been removed. Leave the stems in the water until they grow roots. Make sure to change out the water every couple of days to keep it fresh and to prevent algae from growing in the water. It should take anywhere from 7-30 days for the stem cuttings to sprout roots.

Planting your cuttings

Once your cuttings have sprouted roots – you can plant them into a small pot filled with a good quality potting soil. Allow the cuttings to get established in their new pots before putting them into direct sun. This will greatly increase their chances of survival.

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Also, check out our article on What are the best herbs to grow? or How to prepare your herb bed for winter!

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