Propagating Plants- Rosemary

Plant propagation is easier than you think, or at least with most plants. I’ve mentioned before how you can start new plants off of kitchen trimmings- regrow a bunch of onions, or lettuce even celery. African violets are easy to propagate as well, but I will share that another time today it’s about Rosemary.

Rosemary is one of those plants which aren’t all that easy to grow from a seed. Yes you can do it, yes I recommend doing it but it takes awhile for those to grow and the seeds are needy, not like something you can toss in the ground and see grow within a few weeks.  My best advice is to get a plant already started or head to a neighbors house and wave around a pot of soil while asking if you can make a mini plant out of their Rosemary bush. No I’m not joking! 
Here is how you can do it, this is the same deal as I’ve showed with Strawberry plants, it will take some time but you will love the results.
First find a branch low to the ground or see if you can bend it (without breaking it) over to lean against some dirt. Clear off a few leaves so you have a bare piece of branch.
 Now place a weight or something to keep that branch down against the dirt (keep that moist)  Wait several weeks, this can take up to a month or longer, no I am not joking.
 After several weeks you should start to see a little bud that is a root starting. If you see this you are in the clear. Wait a few more weeks, wait for those roots to get hairy and longer. Patience, you’ll need it ! 
After a couple more weeks check back and you should see enough roots to move forwards. Cut the branch free making sure you get a couple inches past the new roots then grab a planting pot. Using moist dirt you can plant it. Pack the dirt in tight and you may want to use a stick to keep it upright. Now just leave it be and watch for new growth. Rosemary is slow growing, but you should see some fresh new leaves down the road. 
There you have it, your own Rosemary plant !  
I’ll add to this subject the further along the year goes, I have several other plants I am “cloning”if you will, one is a very simple daisy bush that is somehow being killed off my yard. I’m making clones from clippings and hopefully can replant throughout the yard so stay tuned !

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