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The Rosemary Experiment

Growing Rosemary from a Cutting |

Since I began my journey towards self-sufficiency I have become more and more aware of waste, whether it’s water, energy or food. I hate seeing even small amounts of leftover food going to waste, even if I don’t have an immediate use for it. I will put it into an appropriate container in the fridge or pantry and try to use it within a few days.

A few weeks back I cut a sprig of rosemary to use as a prop in some photos. When I was finished the shoot, I popped the rosemary sprig into a glass of water and left it on the window sill in my kitchen, right beside my cooker, ready to use in a future dish. It looked quite pretty and gave off a lovely aroma, and after a few days I forgot about trying to use it in a dish, but viewed it more as a cut flower. I expected it to wilt and die, but it did not. I topped up the water often and it wasn’t until a few weeks later when I went to move it to a fresh glass that I discovered it had sprouted roots.

Growing Rosemary from a Cutting |

Beautiful long roots after just 3 weeks.

I can never have enough fresh herbs growing and I currently only have one rosemary bush, so I decided to plant my sprig to see if it would grow. I thought back on all the times I bought a supermarket container with a few sprigs of rosemary, only to use one or two in the dish and have the others wilt and die in the fridge. Could I have used these to propagate my own rosemary plant? I was about to find out.

I have planted the sprig and set it in my sunny conservatory with my other herbs. The roots were long and already the new plant looks strong and healthy. I will let you know how it progresses in a few weeks.

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Growing Rosemary from a Cutting |

I carefully removed the leaves from the bottom 4 cm to allow deep planting.

Growing Rosemary from a Cutting |

I watered generously (using the water from the glass – waste nothing!)

Growing Rosemary from a Cutting |

I popped it into one of my gorgeous red pots…

Growing Rosemary from a Cutting |

and set it on my conservatory window with my other herbs and seedlings.

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Amy #

    Thank you for sharing the tip, June! Rosemary smell wonderful. Btw, the “like” is not working right now for me right now…. 😦

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    March 29, 2016
    • Thanks Amy. “Likes” seem to be working again – may have been just a WordPress glitch.


      March 30, 2016
  2. Beautiful in so many ways! Happy Easter Rising day! 🙂

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    March 27, 2016
  3. Frances Onaitis #

    If your climate permits rosemary to be grown outdoors, remember that it does not like “wet feet” — that is, its roots to be wet, especially in cold weather. We had 3 very large shrubs (3 feet high x 3 feet wide) when there was a lot of snow melt in their shady location; all 3 plants died. I now have one that size that grew from a small pot in 2 or 3 years; it is in rocky dirt and I never water it; it is blooming all over here in the high desert of NewMexico.

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    March 26, 2016
    • Thanks Frances. I haven’t tried planting it outside yet but I’ll keep that in mind if I do.


      March 27, 2016
  4. Good luck with the rosemary sprig. I have a huge bush … it’s one of my favorite herbs.

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    March 26, 2016
  5. kristenannmoore #

    Nice! I’m going to try this with the dill in my fridge right now b/c I’m afraid I’ll be wasting sprigs soon :0(. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    March 25, 2016
  6. June, I feel the same way about waste, be it energy, food or packaging. I had a party in January and had several sprigs of Rosemary left over. I put them all in a glass, rooted them all, put them each in an inexpensive cup with some potting soil and set them by my herb light. In no time they were growing strong and I had 9 gifts to share with friends and neighbors. Everyone wants to buy fresh herbs in the spring so they were happy to accept the gift. Rosemary can get quite large here in North Carolina so I cautioned everyone to allow it room to grow if they plant it in the ground. If something can’t be rooted it goes in my compost pile. I also hate packaging and am trying to find ways to reduce the amount we bring home from the store and I’m sure to recycle as much as possible. Thanks for sharing!

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    March 25, 2016
    • Thanks Laurel! I like the idea of herbs as gifts – if this one works out I might grow a few more.


      March 25, 2016
  7. I love Rosemary and didn’t know it would grow from a cutting. Lovely post and pics 🙂

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    March 25, 2016

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