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How to Take Rosemary Cuttings: A Beginner’s Guide

by Gregory
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How to Take Rosemary Cuttings: A Step-by-Step Guide

Rosemary is a popular herb that can be easily propagated from cuttings. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

You will need:

  • Established rosemary plant
  • Sharp knife or scissors
  • Hormone rooting powder
  • Terracotta pots or seed tray modules
  • Compost mix (equal parts potting compost and horticultural grit or perlite/vermiculite)
  • John Innes No. 2 compost (for potting on)

Step 2: Prepare the Cuttings

  • Snip off shoots of new growth that are 10-15cm long.
  • Remove most of the lower leaves to reduce moisture loss.

Step 3: Cut the Base of the Stem

  • Use a sharp knife to cut off the base of the stem just below a leaf node.

Step 4: Dip in Rooting Hormone

  • Dip the stem ends in hormone rooting powder to speed up the rooting process.

Step 5: Plant the Cuttings

  • Fill pots or seed tray modules with compost mix.
  • Insert several rosemary cuttings around the edge, or plant individually.
  • Water in cuttings to settle the compost around their stems.

Step 6: Care for the Cuttings

  • Place pots in a cold frame, propagator, or cover with a plastic bag to retain moisture.
  • Mist over foliage and ensure the compost stays moist.

Step 7: Check for Roots

  • After a few weeks, gently invert pots and check for signs of root development.

Step 8: Pot Up the Cuttings

  • Once the cuttings have a good root system, tease them apart and pot up individually into John Innes No. 2 compost.

Step 9: Care for the Young Plants

  • Keep plants watered and pot them on again as they get larger.
  • Feed the rosemary plants with a dilute solution of fertilizer once roots have formed.

With a little care, your rosemary cuttings will soon be thriving and ready to plant out in the garden.

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