Rooting Rosemary - Knowledgebase Question

Bryn Mawr, PA
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Question by mpepper
June 21, 2000
I have a lovely rosemary bush that I would like to start some new plants from. Where is the best place to cut the stem? Should I use root hormones? Should I plant the new cuttings in rooting medium?

Answer from NGA
June 21, 2000
Rosemary roots nicely from early summer and midsummer tip cuttings about four to six inches long. Try to use a shoot that is not blooming. Remove the lower leaves, dip the end in rooting hormone and stick it into a barely dampened soilless potting mix. Cover with a clear plastic bag or a clear dome to maintain humidity and set it in a bright spot out of direct sun. Check for roots periodically and remove the cover to allow fresh air in every day or so.

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