Rosemary, I’ve heard, is a plant that can be either deceivingly easy to propagate, or notoriously hard, depending on what view you take. However, I have found a way which seems to suit the apartment setting I live in. This method was gleaned from somewhere as well, I believe, perhaps from a random website. I give credit to whichever site that was, since I have lost all links since then.

Make a slanted cut just below a plant node. Make sure the cutting is at least three to four inches long. For best results, you might want to choose a semi-woody cutting instead of a totally woody one (which takes longer to root) or a totally new growing tip (which is more susceptible to rot).

Strip all the leaves from the cutting, leaving only about four to six leaves at the top.


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Take a pot and fill it with pure vermiculite. Wet the vermiculite thoroughly until water runs out from the bottom. Dip the end of the cutting into a rooting hormone, and use your fingers to dig a hole in the vermiculite, placing the cuttings gently and carefully in, and then patting the vermiculite down firmly around the cuttings. Do not simply push the cuttings into the layer of vermiculite, as that will strip the rooting hormone from the cut end, and negate the purpose of applying the hormone in the first place.

Then, place the whole pot into a clear plastic bag. You may either tie the bag up (but remember to open it up daily for about ten to fifteen minutes to provide air ventilation and circulation), or simply use the bag as a wind barrier to minimize water loss (but this will mean you’d have to top up the moisture in the vermiculite more often, as often as once a week). Leave the set up in an area with bright light, out of direct sunlight.


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Some of your cuttings might rot and die anyway. However, with this set up, I’ve found that I have a much higher success rate more often than not. It might take between one to three months to root. Do not disturb the cuttings overly much.

Do remember to plant the cuttings into a well-draining media (especially for apartment dwellers, who don’t get much sun), and to water and fertilize the plants sparingly.