The last couple of years I've tried to get Rosemary to grow from a seed and failed. Twice it never sprouted. Once it grew a little, and then just browned and died.
Rosemary is supposed to be pretty hardy, but it's difficult to get going. I use it so frequently in dishes, I'd love to have my own at home. Any tips on how to make my rosemary go? How much to water, etc.?
BTW, I am growing it inside, in a Southern facing window, potted environment.
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posted 10 years ago
Rosemary is mediterranean so drier soil and full direct sunlight is better. Excess water damages the roots. - intnt.
try first "sprouting" the seeds with a mason jar, warm water and cheesecloth then transfer to a drier soil. Transfer as soon as the green starts to show (seed by seed) Once it gets going it regrows every year without replanting.
According to "The Reference Manual o Woody Plant Propagation" (a book I encourage all of you propagators to get) the seed requires no treatment.
However, I would probably try to grow a cutting from someone else's rosemary plant. Here are the basic instructions for that (this would go for lavender too):
1. Find someone with a plant you like & ask to take a couple cuttings 2. Cut a piece 3 inches long and remove the leaves from the bottom half 3. Prepare a ziploc freezer bag with about 3 inches of moist (not wet) sand in the bottom 4. Push the cuttings halfway into the sand and close the bag (perhaps leaving a small gap for air flow) Note: if you have rooting hormone or some water steeped in willow bark you can dip the cuttings in this first to encourage rooting) 5. Put it in a warm spot that gets partial sun (make sure the sand doesn't dry out) 6. They should form roots within a couple months. When they do transplant them to a well-drained medium and off you go.
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