How to Grow Rosemary From a Cutting

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Done the right way, planting rosemary cuttings is a great way to propagate a new plant. Follow this post on how to grow rosemary from a cutting for all the details.

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Rosemary cutting being taken from a plant in a wooden box.
How to grow rosemary cuttings

Growing rosemary from cuttings

  1. Select a healthy mature rosemary plant to take the cuttings from
  2. Choose 4-5 stems to take as cuttings – they should be soft wood (new growth, green flexible stems)
  3. Use a sharp pair of scissors or secateurs to take the cutting. Snip the stem five to six inches from the tip, making a clean cut.
  4. Carefully remove the leaves from the bottom two-thirds of the cutting. You want around 4 inches of leaf-free stem at the bottom of the cutting.
  5. Place the cuttings in a jar of clean water, and leave it in a spot that receives indirect sunlight.
  6. Replace the water every 2-3 days to keep it fresh.
  7. Continue until you see roots start to grow. This will take a few weeks. (Note: not all cuttings will grow successfully. If you see the cuttings start to turn brown and shed needles then they can be discarded as they will not grow roots).

When roots develop around the base of healthy cuttings, they’re ready to be planted. Carefully plant each stem cutting in a small pot or container with good drainage. Use a sandy soil mix.

Place in indirect light, and water whenever the soil surface becomes dry (be careful not to over-water).

Once new growth starts to appear, if the plant appears healthy you can transplant it into a larger container outdoors, or into a garden bed.

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