There is a trick to multiply rosemary and always have it on hand endlessly, year after year.

Rosemary: here's how to multiply it

During our lunches and dinners it has happened to us more than once to flavor our dishes with aromatic herbs which make our dishes tastier and even more fragrant.

We have many choices available, from parsley to thyme, through bay leaves , sage and many others but in particular one of the most popular, especially combined with chicken with potatoes , is rosemary.

Rosemary: characteristics

Salvia rosmarinus Schield , this is its scientific name, grows spontaneously in the Mediterranean air along the Tyrrhenian and Ionian areas and is found very widespread throughout the peninsula, particularly from the Adriatic coasts to Molise and from the neighboring Garda.

The plant itself is an evergreen and can reach a height of approximately 50 – 300 cm with long and persistent leaves measuring 2-3 cm which give off a particular and characteristic scent.

Its maintenance requires that this plant be exposed in sunny areas and not in cold areas as it is not resistant to rain and harsh winter climates and if kept on the balcony of the house it must be grown with soil mixed with sand.

Multiplication of rosemary, how does it happen?

Its multiplication can occur via cutting, i.e. a piece of plant that is cut from the mother plant and regenerated in the soil, allowing it to cultivate and grow to give life to a new plant specimen.

Rosemary: here's how to multiply it

And it is thanks to this method that we can get hold of more rosemary plants by multiplying them infinitely without having to buy a new plant from the retailer.

Plants born from cuttings mature more quickly than the mother plant born from a seed, as rosemary plants take quite a long time to germinate.

Otherwise, a rosemary plant obtained from a cutting will grow and have the useful size for use just a few months after the cutting was grown and placed in the pot.

This is very important since the clone plant will be identical to the mother plant and will have the same flavor and characteristics as the one born through the seed, with the same resistance and scent.

The technique of cutting cuttings

Furthermore, removing a piece of the plant from the main one does not damage it at all as the removal of a small piece does not create any problems for the rosemary plant and we can fill our balcony or windowsill with as many clone plants as we want.

To do this in a more optimal way, it is always better to cut young, green and fresh stems which are usually found at the base of the plant, avoiding the browner and woodier ones which could be dangerous both for cutting and for growth.

To detach these twigs, use very sharp scissors and the chosen stem must be at least 10 cm. It is always better to cut more than one if the one chosen is not very green or does not take root.

Once the twig has been removed, remove the rosemary needles from the lower part and then place it in hot water in a warm place, possibly without direct sunlight.

The water carries oxygen and must be changed every two days and tends not to deteriorate the cuttings that will give life to the new rosemary plants. After about 4-8 weeks if our cuttings have survived we will see roots on each stem.

In this case they should be transplanted into a larger pot with sandy soil and, making a hole in the ground, insert the cutting, exposing it to direct light for at least 6-8 hours a day.

Rosemary cuttings technique

Once it has grown and reached the size of approximately 15 centimeters, the plant can be used and possibly new cuttings can be cut from this to generate others without however harvesting 1/3 of the plant, given that it grows slowly.

If, however, our cuttings are brownish and the needles are easily removed, it means that the cutting has not survived and we will need to take another one to multiply our rosemary plant.