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can i save my rosemary?

kent, United Kingdom Gb

i am removing leggy rosemary this weekend and wondered if i could prune it down and replant in another border?would it grow if i try not to disturb the rootball?many thanks




Our rosemary was getting big and straggely last year so I cut it back. A few weeks ago I dug it up to replant in another location and It seems to have moved OK. As a bonus a bit came away with a decent root on it so I now have a spare plant.
Rosemary seems to be a pretty tough brute.

26 Feb, 2009


Funny, but in my experience it doesn't like being pruned hard back. I cut one back here when we arrived becos it was in a very inconvenient spot for us, and it gave up the ghost.
Then again, I suppose I may have cut it at a bad time of year re frosts etc or just not waited long enough for it to sprout. They are very ungainly when straggly, I agree with you.

26 Feb, 2009


You will be much better off if you take some cuttings and pot them up for later bushes, they root really easily and I like to choose cuttings with one main stem and train them as 'balls' it takes a bit of time of course but are really worth the effort.

26 Feb, 2009


I agree with Queenie. Rosmary, like lavenders, tends to get very straggley and isn't a very long-lived plant. However, it makes up for this by being incredibly easy to root. I literally just pull short segments off downwards so they have a bit of a 'heel' and push them straight into the ground. If you do this in the spring with about 10 pieces, I would expect most to root and the whole exercise taken about 2 minutes. You could also try moving the old one as well, but at least you'll have a back up if it doesn't recover.

26 Feb, 2009


Thanks for this advice folks, I've just bought a Rosemary, so will know what to do! Roughly how many years should I expect the plant to live?

26 Feb, 2009


many thanks i will take plenty of cuttings before i move the plants!

26 Feb, 2009


i tend to have each one for 5 years. i then take cuttings for insurance and prune the big one back. over the 20 yrs 2 have lived 3 havent after pruning. the one i pruned last is definitely dead but 3 cuttings are doing well.

26 Feb, 2009


One thing you can do is to dig it up and replant it very much deeper filling in with loose gritty soil . It willl root several of the branches by the autumn and you can lift them or just enjoy a much tighter shrub.. Take some cuttings too, just in case

27 Feb, 2009


My rosemary got delivered today! Forgot just how lovely they smell! Can't wait to get it in the garden!

27 Feb, 2009

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