Sunday, July 5, 2009

Rosemary Propagation - Four Weeks Later

Compared to propagating impatiens, propagating rosemary takes a long time! I have been waiting for so long now. Every week or so, I check on their progress. In actual fact, it has only been 4 weeks, which is how long they take to develop roots, but I am impatient :)Every week, the leaves look wilted, but this week they started to look more sprightly. I was hopeful.
I noticed this cutting was also less droopy.
I gently eased them out of the soil with my "fake" dibber (a thin spoon handle) and plopped them into a bowl of water. I always transfer cuttings into a bowl of water. I like to keep them fresh while I work or examine them, and the water gives them a good drink.
After a quick rinse, I noticed something new sprouting from the bottom of the cuttings.
Yes, they were roots! They are still very little, but it was enough to give the leaves a more lively look. I hated seeing them looking droopy. I always worried that I didn't water them enough and that they would dry up. However, it looks like they are okay after all.
These two little cuttings have a new beginning as their very own plant. I am really delighted. I'm going to give them away to my friends since fresh rosemary is a lovely thing for cooking. These pictures were actually taken a week ago, so they have grown more roots since then and the bent over rosemary has straightened up more and is even more fresh looking now. Hurray!
New roots on cuttings make me happy. Once I have success with a new variety, I make lots of them. I think I'll make some more rosemary. They take an awful long time at 4 weeks compared with 2 or less for the impatiens, but they are perennials and can probably last the winter. They're also useful, and that's a plus! Perhaps my co-workers will like some.

Happy gardening!

How To Propagate Plants

15 comments:

Nicomi "Nix" Turner said...

Yay! Growww!!!

Gallery32 said...

Cool! I have been trying to propagate plants with some success. I am going to check out that link :)

Almay Alday said...

Great post! My mom would love this! She has the biggest green thumb and is always propagating plants!

Moon Spirit Jewelry said...

That is so cool!

Purple Daisies said...

it might take a while to propagate, but rosemary sure does last FOREVER it seems... you have a great blog here. :)

Chickenbells said...

Well hello there new roots!! I am so very lucky, Rosemary grows like a weed here, and I have some spilling into my walkway...time to make chicken salad!!

Judy Goddard said...

This is a cute post! I love it!
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ElegantSnobbery said...

oooh, how cool! And those roots are adorable!!

blazedanielle said...

A lovely post! Keep up the great work!!

PamperingBeki said...

Very cool.

Chris and his Rosemary said...

Hi! Have you ever tried propagating Rosemary by leaving a cutting in a cup of water for a couple of weeks? My plant's still a little small so I haven't attempted it yet, but I did find some material on the Internet that says it's possible.

Mytutorlist.com said...

Hi Chris and his Rosemary!

No, I haven't tried growing rosemary in a cup of water before. It's worth a try if the other articles say that it works.

I would personally continue with the method I'm using now since I've tried it again this year and it worked equally well. It seems to be pretty reliable.

If you do try the cup of water method, let me know how it goes!

Chris and his Rosemary said...

Hello there! Just surfed by again. I've been on a blog reading spree. ;-) Just a few minutes ago, I saw another blog talking about his water rooting experience for rosemary cuttings. He mentioned that it just took a week! Maybe I'll try that in a few weeks. I'll give my plant a little more time to grow.

Mytutorlist.com said...

Hi Chris,

One week sounds pretty good. It seems pretty safe to try it once your plant is a little bigger. Since it's almost Winter, you can probably wait until next year to do your propagating, especially because it sounds like a fast process.

Good luck!

Chris said...

Hey cool, I ran into this post again.

Guess what? I've tried rooting rosemary cuttings in water. It works. It takes a month, but it works! ;-)