Thursday, May 16, 2013

How To Propagate Rosemary - Grace Grits and Gardening

Hi Everyone, today Talya from Grace Grits and Gardening is here to show us how to propagate Rosemary...
Rosemary is a disease preventing and health promoting herb, rich in vitamins A, B, C, folic acid and iron. With all these benefits, rosemary is a great addition to your kitchen garden and easy to propagate from an established plant. Spring is the best time for propagation as your plant is actively growing.
#propogating rosemary
the mother plant
Munger Place, Dallas, Texas
Trim 4-5 inch cuttings from the new growth of your established plant. (If you don't have an established plant, feel free to take some of mine...) Make angled cuts to allow more surface area for rooting.
cutting from new growth

Remove the leaves from the bottom half of each cutting. (Reserve these discarded leaves for roasted potatoes...Recipe below.)

remove bottom leaves before planting
Plant cuttings in a mixture of seed starting potting soil (a combination of fine textured compost and sand). Make sure your pots have drainage holes.  

Place in a sunny spot away from drafts. In Dallas, the plants can already be moved outside. In cooler climates, a sunny windowsill is best until the chance of a freeze has passed. 

Water well with root stimulator mixed with the water. Water frequently but do not overwater. 

water mixed with root stimulator
Depending upon the variety, the rosemary should root within 1-2 months. 

May 5... 
One month later, my cuttings have rooted and doubled in size. In June, I plan to transplant them into my Fayetteville yard...

Easy Rosemary Potatoes
1 1/2 pounds small white or red-skinned potatoes
1/8 cup olive oil
3 cloves chopped garlic
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons minced rosemary 
Halve or quarter the potatoes. Toss with the remaining ingredients. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees (approximately 45 minutes) until brown and crispy, turning once. Serves 4.
Happy Gardening, Happy Eating!



  1. Ooh that recipe sounds awesome Talya! What a great gardening tutorial, thank you so much for sharing xx

  2. That's good to know Talya! Thank you! I love having some rosemary in my potatoes too!

    1. Yes I think rosemary and potatoes go together perfectly!

  3. We grow rosemary in the summer (up in Chicago) but I would love to start some to grow inside throughout the colder months. I'm going to try this, I wouldn't have known to remove the leaves. Thank you Talya! ~ Amy

  4. I love rosemary and I love learning how to propagate it. Thanks for the great post!

  5. Great info on all the health benefits of rosemary! I have always wanted to plant some, now I just need to find a friend that has one, so I can snip some and start my own. Thanks for the yummy potato recipe too! Another great share at the Cafe, Talya! Thank you so much!