I love cooking with rosemary and the bushes are gorgeous to have around your garden. Did you know you can grow rosemary from a cutting of another bush?

This means you can take a cutting from the next rosemary bush you see and grow your own easily at home.


What you’ll need:

  • rosemary cuttings
  • paper towel
  • cup
  • water


  1. Choose a rosemary bush where the ends of the plant are very supple not brittle.
  2. Cut as many cuttings as you would like about 20cms long.
  3. Place paper towel at the bottom of cup and place your cuttings in the cup.
  4. Add some water to the cup, enough to cover the paper towel.
  5. Leave the cup for 2 weeks (making sure it stays moist). After 2 weeks, roots will have sprouted and the cuttings can be planted around your garden. Nurture them and they will grow into a thriving bush which you can use in cooking.

I have a rosemary bush, however I am going to try this so we have more around the garden.

What have you grown from a cutting? Any tips to share? Please add your comment below.

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  • I put rosemary which I bought from supermarket in the water, and roots are coming. Now I transplant to pots, and it looks growing little by little.


  • I love growing plants from leftovers!


  • My Rosemary bush smells wonderful but I never knew if I could take a cutting. Will definitely try this! Thank you!


  • Thanks for sharing I’m going to try this I love Rosemary


  • This is great I will be taking some from my mums Rosemary plant!


  • Thank you! I have always wanted to know how to do this!


  • I’ve always wondered how cuttings worked. Will this work for other plants as well or just Rosemary?

    • I don’t know if with all, but surely with a lot of them.


  • Perfect! I have a rosemary bush but would love more. Going to try this tomorrow..


  • Thanks I might have more success this way. Normally I just cut and plant straight in the ground. It works half the time.


  • Thank you for the great tips. I haven’t used paper towel before. I will try it


  • Love gardening tips and ideas and thanks for this clever and creative one.


  • Thank you SO much for posting this. Growing cuttings always seemed so hard to me but I might give this a go.


  • Thank you, I’ve been wanting to try to grow from cuttings. I love the smell of Rosemary.


  • i hope i can now keep it alive!


  • I’ll have to try the paper towel trick. I usually just strip the bottom few leaves and pop it into a vase with water, like you’d put in a bunch of flowers. I get a fair success rate this way. Another way is if you already have a rosemary plant growing, try weighing down a branch and covering it with some soil part way along. Give it a few weeks to grow roots along this buried branch, then once growing well, cut it off the main plant and move the newly separated plant to another spot. You’ve got some great hints thanks Jessica.


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