Rooting week old rosemary cuttings

farmerkevin(USDA 9)March 5, 2014

A friend of a friend is moving and giving away a lot of plants. She gave a huge rosemary plant to a friend. My other friend took cuttings and forgot about them for about a week before he remembered them. Tey are kind of wilted, droopy but not totally dried out.

I have iba rooting hormone, and some well draining medium that was used with some aloe that got transplanted so I have some of that left over. It's not cactus/succulent mix, but it is very very light and fluffy.

How do I root this rosemary? Should I soak some cuttings in water,say overnight, then dip in rooting hormone, then stick in the medium? Safe to do so now? Should I root in water?

I want to try and grow this plant. It smelled awesome in the ladies yard, and can't it be used as a spice?

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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Rosemary can not only be used as a herb, that is the main reason for growing it imo. It roots easily, even from week old pieces. Just push the pieces (about 3 - 6 inches long) into well draining medium in a pot). Make sure they don't dry out. Keep them warm at the base. And wait.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2014 at 11:15AM
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I've rooted rosemary in water, and my mom did it in regular soil from the yard (without hormone). So I'd say it's a great candidate in just about any combination of methods you want to try.

With the water, I used a transparent cup and it took about 1 month to see root growth, but once that root shows up, it grows very fast.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 3:08PM
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Keep the humidity high by tenting your floppy cuttings, they should perk up in a day or two. Follow floral_uk suggestions. Al

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 9:11AM
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ifraser25(z11 Brazil)

A useful tip I've picked up over the years is to cover the cutting with a transparent or translucent soft drink cup, either when pushing the cutting into the compost or after transplanting. This ensures the humidity stays up. Good luck.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 9:38AM
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