How to Grow Rosemary From Cuttings


Rosemary can be easily propagated from its own cuttings. Stem cuttings are generally simple to do. This method is also useful for plants that produce few or no seeds.

The new growth of many plants is ideal to make softwood cuttings. They are called softwood cuttings because they are taken from the soft new shoots, rather than harder wood further down the stem. They are best taken in late spring through to summer while the shoots are still springy, but not so soft that they will wilt in the heat of the day. Taking cuttings can become a bit of an obsession as you will find that many plants strike extremely easily.

Here’s something you probably don’t know – you can propagate a new rosemary plant with a cutting and some honey. Here’s how to do it:

How To Propagate Rosemary From Cutting

  • Start by taking 15 cm snips off your rosemary bush.
  • Strip the lower leaves from the base of the stem, leaving about 3cm of bare stem. Roots will grow from the leaf nodules.
  • Dip the end of the stem in honey. Honey is a natural substitute for synthetic rooting hormones and will nourish the cutting, while promoting root growth.
  • Plant it in potting mix and water it like any other seedling.
  • Give it about four weeks before the roots develop before finding it its own home in the garden.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.

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