Best way to manage and groom/cut back rosemary

rjingaMay 4, 2010

I have a rosemary plant in the middle of my garden that has tripled it's size in the last year or two.

It's just sprawling out and getting too unruly and taking up too much space.

I have never trimmed or pruned it. And now I feel like I might even need to dig some of it out.

Any suggestions? what can it take? heavy grooming? I'd also like to dig it up whatever I remove vs just cutting it back (or both), so that I can repot/root the pulled up/cut back parts of the plant. There are 2 plants here, I think :) I dont want to completely remove it, just make it smaller.


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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Discussion of this issue a the bottom of this page. But here's the link in case it's gone off the bottom by the time you look.

Here is a link that might be useful: Controlling rosemary

    Bookmark   May 4, 2010 at 10:17AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

It might have rooted. Why don't you have a look? But you could just cut the thing back. Much less work than digging it up and fiddling about with transplants. You could cut yours by half easily and it wouldn't mind at all.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2010 at 11:19AM
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You can cut it back to about 1/3 of what it is now. First check to see if any of the lower branches have rooted in. If so, you can cut them from the mother plant and pot them up or put them directly into the soil.
You do realize that the rosemary is happy, and will grow back to an unmanageable size again unless you constantly prune/harvest it? Your garden is obviously a great spot for the rosemary, as well as other plants!
I think you are in need of some rosemary recipes. If you want some, e-mail me and I'll send them along. Don't want to hijack your post with recipes!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2010 at 5:47PM
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