Caroline and I have a dream of a rosemary hedge. It’s a long-term dream, because our growing season isn’t quiet long enough to make it happen very quickly. So we’ve taken the long view, and plotted out a five year plan to reach our goal.
This is year one, the year for growing lots of rosemary in pots. Rather than buying a dozen or so expensive plants though, we opted to propagate our own from cuttings. It’s crazy easy and a big money saver.
Just take your cuttings from a heathy plant. You don’t want the cuttings to be too woody or it will take a lot longer.
Pull off the leaves at least one third of the way up the stem.
Dip the ends of the rosemary cutting into rooting hormone
(You can skip this step but I’ve found that it really speeds up the process.)
Pop your cutting in a glass of water and place in a sunny spot. I had 12 jars lining my bathroom window sill all winter. In a few weeks you should begin to see roots coming from the bottom of your cutting. I felt like mine took forever to get roots but just as I was ready to give up, they rooted like crazy. My mama does this all the time and she thinks the rosemary roots quicker if the cutting is resting on the bottom of the jar, not floating. Also, be sure to change the water every four or five days.
Once you have a strong root network established you can plant your cuttings in pots watch them take off. This technique works equally well with lavender cuttings. Perhaps we need a lavender hedge, too…
EDITED TO ADD: If you’d like to see how quickly these cuttings can be transformed into a hedge, check out this post!