Monday, May 18, 2009

How To Propagate Rosemary Herb Plant From Cuttings

As you've seen from my past few tutorials on propagating plants, it's really easy! This tutorial will show you how to propagate rosemary plants. Rosemary is a wonderful herb used in many savoury recipes, so it is handy to have more available in the garden and it also makes a nice gift to give someone. This is the rosemary plant that I have in my garden. I will be using it as a starting point for making more plants.
First, find a long shoot about 3-5 inches long. Choose young stems that are still green. The woodier stems are harder to propagate from. Keep the cuttings fresh in water while you work.
Next, snip off all of the lower leaves, being careful not to damage the stem. Optional: dip the bottom inch into rooting powder and tap off any excess. Avoid inhaling or touching the rooting powder and use gloves if necessary. (I did not use any rooting powder for mine, but the rooting powder will encourage the cutting to grow roots faster.)
Fill a pot with sterile potting soil to the brim, and firm down the soil. Make a deep hole with a dibber or a pencil, and place your cutting into it. Gently push soil towards the cutting to fill the hole.
Water your new cutting well and keep it in a bright location with indirect sunlight. Keep the soil moist and mist the plant on dry days. Wait for the cutting to take root and to grow new leaves. It will take about 4 weeks.
Happy Gardening!
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11 comments:

Sweetwater Designs said...

i love a great herb pot in the kitchen year round and rosemary is one of the easiest and nicest smelling, don't you think?

Mytutorlist.com said...

Yeah, rosemary is really fragrant! When I was snipping the lower leaves off, it smelled so good. Now that I think about it, I could have saved them for using later...

esque said...

What fun tutorial! I love herbs too! Thanks for sharing!

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StunningAnnaK said...

How educational! Thank you!

Carapace said...

Thank you! I'd always heard cuttings were easy, but no one actually said how to handle them. This is easy! Awesome!

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Steve Flanagan said...

Thank you for this post!

Mytutorlist.com said...

You're welcome, Steve! :) Good luck with your herbs!

Rita Cistone said...

Yes! Thank You so much for the Info. Very handy Tutorial

Kevin Strydom said...

Will this work with a "Bay Leave" plant too?

My brother has an awesome plant that is about 70cm high & I would like to propagate it for my mom & I.

Any suggestions?

FreeEagle said...

Thank you for your help. Have a beautiful day.