I’ve always been envious of other people’s overgrown rosemary bushes, so I finally decided to start one of my own. The best thing about rosemary? It’s easiest to grow from cuttings, and who doesn’t have a friend with a huge rosemary bush? Free food, aww yeah!
Unfortunately rosemary is a plant that requires a bit of patience (it can take more than a year until it’s ready to harvest), so get planting ASAP so you can maximise the amount of time you get to spend with delicious rosemary potatoes in your life.
1. Find a rosemary plant you can take cuttings from (your friend’s, your neighbour’s… perhaps the RSL’s under the cover of darkness if you’re OK living with the guilt…)
2. Take 2-4 inch cuttings from branches with new light green growth. It’s tempting to take longer cuttings, but they’re less likely to root.
3. Strip most of the leaves from the cuttings – this will mean less resources will be used to keep the leaves alive so more resources can be dedicated to rooting.
4. (Optional) Dab the ends with rooting hormone to encourage them to root.
5. Pop them in a jar with about an inch of water (make sure leaves stay above the water). Wait patiently (2-6 weeks depending on the season) for them to sprout roots, topping up the water when it gets low.
6. Once they’ve grown some nice roots, you can pop them into a pot or the ground, taking care not to damage the new roots. Water thoroughly and let them grow. Enjoy your free herbs!