grafting herbs? is it possible?

yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)February 28, 2013

I have 2 rosemary bushes the size of a toyota prius. The lavender is vigorous bush as well.

In places, they are encroaching on other herbs - thyme & marjoram, which are doing OK in my dry mediterranean garden, but not growing like the others.

Was wondering if it would be possible to graft one of the less vigorous species onto a rootstock of rosemary or lavender? It's all Lamiaceae, right? I'm thinking marjoram to rosemary would be my first attempt.

Is this just silly?

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CA Kate

Ummmm... the growth patterns between the woody lavendar and Rosemary wouldn't work real good with the more soft stemmed thyme or marjoram. These herbs all grow differently, so what you might be evaluating as not thriving may be just a given plant's way of growing. I would just let each grow to it's own 'music' and, perhaps, provide more growth-room away from your larger palnts.

Have you found a good book on growing herbs? I can't recommend one right now since my favorites are rather old, but it seems as if you might benefit from more information about the growth habit of the various herbs.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 5:18PM
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wally_1936(8b)

Sounds like you need to be pruning your Rosemary back. Are you just growing your Rosemary for looks or are you using it a lot? Rosemary seems to love being cut as that also helps it keep a nice shape as well.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 4:50PM
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