how to take cuttings from rosemary easy?

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rosemary in potRosemary 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.

flowering rosemary plant in how to take cuttings from rosemary
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.

The flowers that normally show between May and summer are small and blue colored. I know of some cases where the flowering takes place in November.

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.

When taking cuttings in autumn and winter, the cuttings will be more woody which slows down the process of making roots, so fungus has more chance to develop, thus killing the plant.
We just cut new growth at a length of about 10 cm or 4 inches, we peel off the leaves from the lowest half of the cutting and we put these cuttings in a container filled with neutral potting soil mixed with sand or special cutting soil.
We moisten the soil and let the pot sit in a small forgotten corner of the house.
It’s good to keep the soil moist but certainly not wet. The temperature should be around 20°Cor 68°F. Lower temps may slow down the rooting process again giving chance to fungus to develop.

rosemary cuttings Making the cuttings in summer gives a nice hot temperature without the need of heating maps or so.
The flowering period isn’t the best period to take cuttings but even during this period, we will have very few problems while taking and growing cuttings (we do have to remove the flowers and buds from the cuttings).

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?

  •  Scissors.
  •  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.

    rosemary branchNow 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.

If we want the plant itself to grow larger in a shorter amount of time, we can always plant the cuttings close to the side of the container. Once the roots touch the wall, the plant itself will start to grow.


taking cuttings of rosemaryGrowing rosemary from cuttings can be as easy as putting the cuttings into a jar of water and wait until the roots show.
I experimented with rosemary cuttings where I removed the bottom leaves and put the plants in a small jar with about 2 to 3 centimeters of water, that’s about an inch of water.
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that the percentage of rooted plants was almost 100%.
So just put your cuttings in a sunny place in a jar filled with some water and you’re okay to go. Once the roots show, the plants can easily be transplanted into a pot with potting soil.

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