Propagating is one of my all-time favorite gardening activities and I love to begin during the late fall through about April.
Reason being is that our weather cooperates beautifully.
For those of you who live in much colder climates this DIY would be best to begin towards early fall or late spring.
I tend to steer away from propagating in the summer because with higher temperatures it’s difficult to keep the soil moist in container planting.
Begin Propagation with Amazing Soil
Always begin propagating with amazing soil that’s loaded with nutrition. This base can come straight from the garden.
I’m pulling dirt from my blackberry beds; this was established a couple years ago using natural material and today it’s incredible.
Sometimes I feel like a broken record but I’m telling you, good soil is everything and a garden is absolutely nothing without a strong foundation.
Knowing how to maintain that base is even more important.
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Choosing and Establishing the Container
Next, we want to choose a container.
Size will depend on how many clippings you plan to propagate.
I went with this fun metal container Robert got me a few years ago and began with drilling holes in the bottom for drainage.
Then we want to begin filling with natural material, like leaves, a little direct compost and that amazing soil.
NOTE: If you don’t have amazing soil remember you can use an organic mixed purchased from nurseries.
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Clip Rosemary Cuttings for Propagation
Now here’s the fun part, this is where the project comes together.
Once the container is set up take it over to the main plant you’ll be cutting from.
My Rosemary bush was propagated from our farm and I have to say it’s done amazing here and exploded with new growth over the summer.
- Remove stems about an inch from the base of the main plant using clippers. I love my ezkut hand shears.
- Remove the greenery from the bottom of those cuttings and take note that rosemary has a woody stem.
- Grab a sharp knife, strip the woody layer two or three inches from the bottom and insert into the soil.
- You can use root hormone but it’s not necessary. (I never use it)
- Now you wait and see which stems take root.
The waiting period can take anywhere from 30 to 60 days without using root hormone. Soil needs to remain moist and keep in mind that some of these stems will dry out. If that happens just remove and compost, it happens.
I love to propagate this time of year because the soil remains moist with little effort and the majority of these stems will stay fresh while new root growth is forming.
It’s so exciting!
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial for propagating new rosemary plants. It’s really easy and something you can implement with a variety of herb plants.
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