The Q&A Archives: Planting Rosemary Cuttings

Question: I cut a few sprigs off my outdoor rosemary and put them in a glass jar with water, and, voila, they grew roots! Now what should I do? Can I grow rosemary indoors? What type of soil should I use?

Answer: Rosemary is one of those versatile plants that adapts to growing indoors or out, in pots or in the ground. To pot up your cuttings, find a container with good drainage holes in the bottom, fill it with regular potting soil, and plant your new rosemary. Then water it thoroughly and place it in bright light. Rosemary prefers soil on the dry side, so don't overwater the plant. Water when the top of the soil dries out, or when the pot feels light when you pick it up.

In your region, rosemary can be left outdoors year round. However, the plant isn't reliably hardy in most parts of the country. Rosemary can withstand temperatures down to about 20F (USDA Zone 9a); in regions with colder winters the plant must be brought indoors for the winter.

Sometimes rosemary is grown as a topiary plant. You can train your containerized plant into a topiary by pinching out all growth except one main stem, and rubbing out anything that sprouts along that stem but leaving the top stems and foliage alone. You'll end up with a "lollipop" rosemary, with a long, bare stem and a fluffy top of foliage.

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