Growing rosemary indoors from cuttings is actually quite easy to do although you have to be aware of certain tips and tricks that will undoubtedly make life a bit easier for you. Now, what we have here are 20 such tips and there is no doubt that if you take them on board then there is every chance that you will have stronger plants that will reward you with some amazing rosemary.
- 1. Make sure you have a strong plant.
This is very important because you need to have a strong initial rosemary plant that has had some recent growth to act as the mother plant for your cutting. A weak plant will produce a weak cutting and there is more chance that the cutting will then not survive.
- 2. Take a number of cuttings from the plant.
You should also choose a plant that is able to provide you with a number of cuttings and not just the one. This is because not every single cutting will really grow so you have to err on the side of caution. Do look at making sure that the cuttings are in the region of 2 ½ inches long as this is the best length.
- 3. Remove any lower leaves.
After you have taken the cutting, you should look at removing the lower leaves so that the top couple of pairs are left. This is going to force the cutting to put its energy to growing upwards rather than wasting on leaves that will serve no purpose.
- 4. Put the bottom of the cuttings in water.
Once you have prepared the cuttings you should quickly dip them in some water but do not leave them there so that they become saturated. They need to be able to start to absorb some of the water as taking a cutting is stressful.
- 5. Use a quality rooting powder.
By using a quality rooting powder it means that the cut part of the stem is getting all of the nutrients and minerals that it needs to really encourage it to grow. You should use a quality one that has the correct balance as this is going to lead to optimum growth and a stronger new plant.
- 6. Be careful with the initial soil mix.
Now, you are going to want to be putting your new cuttings in the correct soil mix as they do require some very specific conditions to really encourage them to then grow. In this instance, the perfect mix is going to be something along the lines of peat and perlite. The perlite is going to help with drainage and balance out the peat which is full of the correct nutrients.
- 7. Give a cutting its very own container.
This is also important but you want to make sure that each cutting gets its very own container. You are looking at a minimum of a 5 inch pot in most instances as this will allow the plant to really take root and grow although some people prefer a seed trainer kit with individual pods and then transplant later.
- 8. Only moisten it at this point
If you were of the impression that you had to soak the cutting especially after putting it in some soil, then you would be wrong. Instead, it is going to be so much better if you use a spray bottle and simply mist both the plant and the soil so that they are wet but not soaking. Making them too wet can lead to fungus appearing which has to clearly be avoided.
The Transplanting Stage.
- 9. Make sure the cuttings are prepared for the sake of transplanting them.
When it comes to transplanting them then you have to make sure that the cuttings are ready for the big move. This is because transplanting them is stressful and if it is not done correctly then you can really set the plants back a huge amount. You need to wait until there is clear and rapid growth in the plant as that is a sure fire sign that the root system has become established and the plant is going to be better placed to handle it.
- 10. Use a particular pot and particular soil.
When it comes to the type of pot then we recommend using a terra cotta pot that is unglazed. This allows air to circulate through the soil and also reduces the amount of moisture held in the roots as this will rot them. Also, the soil should be sterilized so that the chances of microbes being in there are vastly reduced.
- 11. Remove the top bud.
It is important that you remove the top bud when you are transplanting the cutting. This is to force the cutting into starting to grow new branches lower down as this means you have a stronger plant rather than one that only has one part that is reaching for the stars while the rest is left behind. Do not worry about it hurting the plant as that is not the case.
Correctly Caring for the Plant.
- 12. Make sure it gets a lot of light.
The one thing that your new rosemary cutting is going to need is a lot of light so for that you should put it on a windowsill that you know gets a lot of light for a large part of the day. Do not worry if the light itself is not that intense as you are going to also do things to supplement this in order to avoid any problems developing as the plant grows and matures.
- 13. Consider artificial lights.
We just said how rosemary needs light in order to grow but of course as you are doing it inside then this could be a bit of a problem. However, that is not actually the case as you should invest in some artificial lights and if you want to know the best option then it has to be LED grow lights. They provide the plant with the correct spectrum of light as well as the intensity leading to stronger and healthier plants.
- 14. Be careful with the watering.
Even though rosemary does enjoy water, you do need to be careful with how you do it or else the plant is just not going to be in a good mood. For example, it is generally recommended that you should only water the plant when the top 2 inches of soil in the container has been left to dry out.
- 15. Rosemary loves humidity.
Considering where it originates from, it might not be a surprise to find out that rosemary likes some humidity. This does mean that there is a need for you to make sure that this is the case with wherever you are growing it so take this into account when positioning the plant. Also, you might want to purchase a humidifier if you are struggling.
- 16. Be careful with the fertilizer.
Rosemary is not the kind of herb that needs a lot of regular fertilizer in order to thrive. In actual fact this can work against the plant as it does enjoy rather basic conditions as this is where it does best. Be quite light with the fertilizer and only use it sparingly because that is what is going to lead to the best possible plant.
- 17. Consider an electric fan for air circulation.
This herb is quite strange in that it is also going to perform better when it has some air moving around it. As you are inside this is going to be slightly more difficult for you to achieve but there is a solution. That solution is to consider using an electric fan just to get the air moving and by doing this you are going to also stop various potential pests and diseases from being able actually get a hold on the plant.
- 18. Consider a quality fungicide in times of trouble.
It is always possible that you are going to see mildew or fungus developing if you have the incorrect conditions but this does not have to mean that the plant is then going to die or become very unhealthy. Instead, in this instance it is going to be more beneficial for you to treat the mildew or fungus as quickly as possible by using a quality fungicide. However, you want to be sure that it is suitable for rosemary plants and is non toxic and there are a number of them out there on the market that would be suitable.
- 19. Consider the use of neem oil for dealing with pests.
Even though you are growing your rosemary cuttings indoors, it is still entirely possible that you are going to run into problems with various pests. This is because they can easily be transported in the soil that you use as well as via cross-contamination. However, once again just because you have been hit by pests does not mean that the plant is going to be in danger. Instead, one cool trick is to consider using neem oil as this not only repels a number of different pests associated with rosemary but it also does not harm the plant either.
Dealing with the Harvesting.
- 20. Be aware of how to correctly harvest the plant.
Finally, you have to understand how to correctly harvest the plant so that you do not actually damage the yield that you are able to get and the plant itself is also not going to be damaged. In this instance, the recommendation is that you always snip it just above a stem joint and never below it. This will then allow the plant to start growing in that area again leading to the plant effective regenerating itself before your very eyes.
As you can see, the tips that we have listed above are not difficult to follow and anybody should be able to go ahead and implement them if they are willing to just take the time to put things into action. Rosemary is not a difficult plant to grow if it is just given the chance to really shine and you are now in a far better position to turn that into a reality.
Rosemary is a fantastic herb that is going to be able to be used in various ways and growing it indoors should be quite straightforward even for those individuals that are new to this kind of thing. They basically grow all on their own although you do still have to keep a close eye on things but at the end of the day you should be richly rewarded with a healthy and strong plant.