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How to Start Rosemary from a Cutting

Written by Mindy on June 30th, 2015

I am a true believer that you can never have too much rosemary.  In the past, I have grown my rosemary from seed with a lot of success.  As successful as this project has been, I decided I would give cuttings a try.  Below is how I started my rosemary from cuttings directly from my rosemary plant and “cuttings” I got from the grocery store.

To begin this process, starts off with the tools.  You will need a good pair of hand pruners and/or a sharp knife, root hormone or honey, and a container.  Prior to making your first cut, you will need to clean your tools.  The container will need to be cleaned and sterilized.  This is easily done by washing down the pot with water and a capful of bleach.  Once it is clean, rinse in plain water and allow to dry in the sun.  You will also need to clean your cutting tool.  This can be done by placing your tool in the bleach water described previously or you can simply wipe down the tool with rubbing alcohol.

Now, you are ready to start cutting.  The time of year really is not important for this plant but I can tell you that things root better when it is warm.  Select your plants and cutting carefully.  What you see now is what you will get later.  Once you have picked your cutting areas, the next step is to make the cut.  The cutting should be 6 to 8 inches in length.  For the health of the plant, make sure that the cutting is at an angle.  The reason for this is the fact that water will not pool on an angled cut, which means that stem will not rot.

rosemary.cuttingOnce you have all the cuttings you want, the next step is to take them to your planting area where you have your pots filled with potting soil.  Take one cutting and make a fresh cut on the end.  Remove all the “needles” from the bottom up 3 inches.  Now, dip the cut end in rooting hormone and shake of the excess.  To help get the cutting into the soil, take a pencil and make a hole.  Place the cutting in the hole and push the soil together.  Repeat the process with all the cuttings.

If you do not have your own rosemary plant, do not worry.  Cuttings can be found in the produce section in many grocery stores.  The process is the same as above but do not plan on having the same results.  The reason is the time period by which the cuttings have been out of water.  While I have used this technique and have never had a problem, keep this issue in mind when choosing how to start your rosemary.

As far as the care goes, place your rosemary starts in a sunny location and water daily.  In 4 to 6 weeks, you should be able to gently pull on your cuttings and feel a little resistance.  This resistance is actually the roots.  Once you feel this, repot each cutting into a larger container.

 



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