Gardening & Outdoors
Gardener shares the two simplest ways people can grow rosemary from cuttings
I've tried starting rosemary from seeds before and it is not easy. Starting them this way makes it a walk in the park.
Jaclyn Abergas
05.03.22

Can’t get enough of the scent and taste of rosemary?

We don’t blame you. The aromatics of rosemary, whether in your home or your food, cannot be matched by other herbs.

And if you’re someone who loves rosemary, we’re guessing maybe you have your own rosemary plant growing in your home or garden already.

For those who don’t have rosemary plants in their homes and would like to have your own, it’s very easy to maintain.

But growing from seed, isn’t easy.

“Growing rosemary from seed, even though it is a vigorous grower, can take years. It is so painful to watch that I’ve simply never attempted it,” Jeff of The Ripe Tomato Farms explained.

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The good news is that you can easily grow rosemary using cuttings!

Ready to get started?

There are two methods to grow rosemary from cuttings. And for both methods, you will need three things: a glass or container, scissors, and a small cutting knife.

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You’ll need cuttings, of course.

“You want to take new shoots, the ones that haven’t flowered because they are most likely to take rooting,” Jeff shared. “You want to cut them… about 10 inches long.”

Once you have your cuttings, remove about 3 inches of the herb from the bottom.

Now, use your cutting knife to shave off the outer layer of the bottom as much as you can.

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“You want to create more surface area for the water to get through and for the roots to start coming out,” Jeff shared.

You can also use scissors for this step but, unless you have a really sharp pair, they can be a pain to use.

Just stick with the cutting knife.

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Now you’re ready to plant your rosemary cuttings!

There are two methods to use.

The first one is adding water to your glass or jar. Just add up to slightly more than two inches from the bottom of your rosemary cutting.

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Add your cuttings and you’re done!

This method takes about four weeks until healthy roots appear.

Be sure to change the water at least once a week to help keep the cuttings as healthy as possible. Roots will appear around the 4 to 5-week mark.

Once you’ve got about 1o 15 two-inch roots, you can transfer them to a pot.

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Method 2: plant them in soil.

Just stick the bottom in the soil, no need to make holes. Holes will prevent roots from taking hold.

Make sure the bottoms are not exposed. If they are, just cut off the bottom some more.

Cuttings grown in pots usually grow roots faster. To know they’re rooted, tug the cuttings lightly and see if there’s resistance.

If there’s none, either there are no roots yet or they’re still short. Once there’s resistance, then you know there are long roots.

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Once there are longer roots, you can transfer them to your garden or a larger pot.

Rosemary can grow in any climate. Because it grows vigorously, you need to stay in control of it unless you want half your garden to be rosemary.

“If you want to grow rosemary outdoors, you need to think about how to contain it either by growing rosemary in a pot or giving it a contained bed to itself,” Alice shared on Sloely.

See how Jeff prepares his rosemary cuttings in the video below!

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By Jaclyn Abergas
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Jaclyn Abergas is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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