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    Mali52 is offline Germinator
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    Hello everyone. I was considering if I can propagate a rosemary from cutting? I bought a plant in a shop and it grows really nice, but I would like to propagate it, but I am not sure how to do it and if it is possible. Have you ever tried it? Looking forward your tips.

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    Certainly possible - you can take cuttings in the normal way - put them in a pot of free-draining, damp compost and pop them somewhere outside in the shade - or if your plant is large enough, bend one of the branches down on top of a pot of compost and put a heavy stone or brick on top to hold it down, ideally the compost should cover the branch after a few months new roots should form and the new plant can be severed from the mother one - this latter process, called layering, is more reliable than taking traditional cuttings, but rather slower.

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    If you make a small nick in the back of the stem they wil root quicker.
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    I take the cuttings and strip the leaves off the bottom 2/3rd. Then I stick them in some water (I find empty spice bottles very useful as they are not too big, and fairly narrow). I then put the entire thing next to the window where it gets light. They normally start showing roots in a couple of weeks.
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    You can improve the success rate of cuttings if you use a hormone rooting powder or alternatively you can soak them in water containing soluble aspirin before planting or, if you have access to willows, make some willow water.
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    I do the same as runtpuppy and it definitely works.

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    I have rooted Rosemary with much success. It is one of the easier ones, I find. I take small cuttings in early spring when the shoots are growing like crazy! Strip off about an inch of bark at the bottom and leaves off nearly all of the shoot, just a few left on the top couple of inches. I have dipped in both rooting gel, as well as soaked in water before sticking in the ground, both seem to work fine. I second Jay-ell on the use of willow water tho. It is amazing the difference it makes, and very easy to make. I have one gnarly old Rosemary which has given me probably around twenty need plants over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay-ell View Post
    You can improve the success rate of cuttings if you use a hormone rooting powder or alternatively you can soak them in water containing soluble aspirin before planting or, if you have access to willows, make some willow water.
    I've never heard of adding aspirin before. Thanks for the tip. I like rooting cuttings in water if I can, as it's nice to see rooting progress (or otherwise.....)

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