I ended up taking off these dry, woody stems.
Even though these stems are dead, they still have a wonderful rosemary fragrance. I'm hoping I'll be able to use them for something arty or crafty later on, as I know from past experience that smell is not going to go away any time soon.
After I pruned away all the sad, dead parts, I thought it would probably be a good idea to sprout a second rosemary plant, for when I need rosemary but the plants are weather affected or otherwise sparse.
I was in luck, as there was more than one lovely green shoot on my rosemary plant. You should never take the only greenery off a plant. I'm honestly not clear as to why, I just know it's not good for them. I took this little cutting, again, cut at an angle.
Not every cutting takes, and even cuttings that do take root sometimes die when moved out to the garden. I minimise risk to my cuttings by:
- using peat pots, which can be planted directly to the spot where the plant will grow, eliminating transplant shock
- keeping the soil damp but not saturated until the cutting is established
- transitioning the cutting to outside slowly, a few hours a day at first, to eliminate climate shock
Lots of love to you,