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Rosemary Cuttings

By Alip @alisonpikeGD

taking rosemary cuttings

Rosemary is a wonderful herb and I love using it in the kitchen, especially in winter dishes.  So I suppose it’s a bit of a surprise that I don’t actually possess a rosemary bush but instead go round the local neighbourhood raiding other peoples (don’t worry its in broad daylight with their permission!).  I thought I would finally put a stop to this by actually getting one of my own.  One of the gardens I work in has two very healthy bushes and now is a perfect time to take cuttings.

Rosemary cutting
Rosemary cuttings


Very simple really….

  1. Cut of the new shoots to a length of about 10cm. (see picture above)
  2. Strip the lower half of the stem of leaves. (see picture above)
  3. Cut off the base of the stem to just below a leaf node.  Always use a sharp knife or scissors for this.
  4. Pop them around the edge of a pot that is filled with gritty compost.
  5. Give them a water, stick them on a bright windowsill out of direct sunlight and mist about 3 times a day.

rosemary cuttings

I think I got a little carried away, not sure what I’m going to do with 9 rosemary plants if they all take.  I am seriously considering a plant sale soon, this passion for propagation is all very well and good but I don’t think I have homes for them all!

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