The fresh scent of Rosemary has been praised since ancient times for its medical properties. For generations it has traditionally been used to help sooth muscle pain, improve immune and circulatory system, and even promote hair growth. With another benefit being its boost with brain function, it’s no surprise that there’s a long standing rumor that Greek students braid Rosemary into their hair on testing days to help with their concentration and memory.
But that’s not all…
Rosemary is a plant that is easy to take care of and one of the simplest plants to regrow over and over again. They are known to thrive typically more than 2 years and can live up to 20 years!
Imagine only buying one plant and being able to grow multiple plants from just that one purchase. You could have the inside of your house and outside property covered in the refreshing natural scent and still able to give them away to your family and friends (or sell them if you need to make a few bucks).
So, let’s jump into 5 Simple Steps on How to Propagate Rosemary…
STEP 1: Select Stems From the Mother Plant
When looking at stems to cut from, you want to choose healthy stems with fresh growth. These stems will be green (life) and flexible. Avoid older brown woody stems as these are directly linked into the mother plant and won’t thrive giving new life.
STEP 2: Snip Snip
Use sharp scissors or garden shears to snip the rosemary steam about 5-6 inches back from the fresh growing tip. Clip a few extra trimmings just incase some don’t reroot. (This happens, so don’t count it as a failure. Everything in life is a lesson in learning)
STEP 3: Strip the Lower Leaves
Grasp your fingers around the stem and gently strip off the lower 2-inches of needles on the rosemary cutting. Leave only a few leaves at the top of the stems, this allows more energy to flow to the new growth rather than feeding so many leaves on the stem.
STEP 4: Place Cuttings in Water
Place the stems in a jar of room temperature water and place the jar in a warm room in indirect sunlight (I put my jar on my kitchen window). Change out the water every couple days, make sure it’s room temperature so that you don’t give your little bloomers a temperature shock and cause damage. If you a film like substance on your plant, rinse them gently under water before placing back into the jar. The fresh water provides dissolved oxygen and prevents the cuttings from rotting.
Within a few weeks, depending on the temperature, the Rosemary should begin to develop roots. It will become apparent if the clippings have survived after 4-6 weeks. You’ll feel like doing a happy dance when you see roots beginning to sprout!
If a cutting did not survive, it will become brown and will shed off the rosemary needles.
Remember, time and patience is the key to keeping plants alive.
It has been scientifically proven that plants have emotions and thrive more when you talk to them and give them comfort care. So don’t feel silly if you give your plant a pick me up talk like, “Come on Miss Rosemary, you’re alive and thriving!”
STEP 5: Now It’s Time to Repot the New Rooted Stems
Use a sandy soil mix that drains well, you can mix equal parts all-purpose potting soil and sharp sand. Choose a drainage pot to make sure the plant gets proper circulation.
Fill a 4-inch pot with slightly damp potting soil for each rosemary cutting. Use a pencil or your finger to make a 3 to 4-inch hole into the soil. Place the cutting in the hole with care to avoid damaging the roots. Cover gently and water thoroughly.
Place the newly potted Rosemary plant in indirect light or in filtered sunlight until roots become established, and then move to direct light, at least 6 to 8 hours per day. Keep the potting soil moist until you see new growth.
Allow the new plant to thrive before harvesting.
Once the plant is around 6-inches tall, harvest by the cutting stems as needed. Rosemary grows slowly so don’t harvest more than 1/3 of the plant at one time and remember good things come with time.
And that it!
Yes, I promise, it’s that easy!
Rosemary is the way to go, weather you have a natural green thumb or just starting out experimenting with plants.
Not only is it simple but the benefits are endless!