Rosemary is a herb, used for its smell and taste, as a medicine and as a landscaping plant in drier areas. Every garden should have at least one rosemary plant.
Propagating rosemary by seed can be quite disappointing because the seeds sometimes have difficulty to germinate. There is a possibility to find different kinds of rosemary in garden centers but taking the cuttings ourselves, has some advantages.
You can choose which plant you want cuttings from. It’s interesting for kids to see what happens.
It’s a lot cheaper than buying the plant.
Rosmarinus officinalis is an evergreen perennial. The topside of the leaves is green; the back side is between white and green. Some types of rosemary are more cold hardy than others. You can also find different kinds of smell and taste.
Taking cuttings from rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) or how to take cuttings from rosemary
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Rosemary is a very forgiving plant when it comes to taking cuttings.
We best take cuttings from the plant when the plant makes new growth.
Making the cuttings in summer gives a nice hot temperature without the need of heating maps or so.
As professional growers often do, we can take larger cuttings and put them in water if there’s a big gap between the time we take the cuttings and the time we plant them. The larger cuttings can be shortened to have fresh cuttings while planting and the water keeps the cuttings healthy for a while. Sending cuttings around can be done with wet paper towels wrapped around the bottom half of the cuttings after the cuttings have had their leaves removed from the bottom half.
What do we need to take rosemary cuttings?
- Deep container
- A mother plant where we can take cuttings from (ask your friendly neighbor if necessary).
- Special cutting soil or soil mixed up with sand.
Now the cuttings are taken and planted, we have to wait. We can wait between three and eight weeks before the plants start to root.
Just leave the plants alone during this period. Touching the plants now can be devastating for the new roots.
As long as the cuttings stay green, it’s all ok.
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