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#11 Wed 30 Apr 14 9:26am

Grandmadamada

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Re: Rosemary Cuttings

I asked once a beautiful deep diamond blue eyed elderly lady who was a stories collector if she was a (good)witch aswell and how they make themselves recognizable and sign the territorio, she smiled impercettibilmente and told me they just move plants .............. that suited me perfectly ........... out of our entrance gate on the public street grows a plant of rosemary
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#12 Wed 30 Apr 14 9:58am

mummza

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Re: Rosemary Cuttings

And Grandmadamada , if I lived near by there may be a few more plants arrive down the street as you know I like to nip off a little cutting and press it into the ground elsewhere  lol

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#13 Wed 30 Apr 14 10:20am

Grandmadamada

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Re: Rosemary Cuttings

thumbsup  thumbsup  lol  wink

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#14 Wed 30 Apr 14 1:35pm

koukouvagia

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Re: Rosemary Cuttings

I've always wanted to grow herbs on my balcony which faces west unfortunately, but what would be a good time of year to plant?  I'd like rosemary, mint, chives, parsley, and basil.

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#15 Wed 30 Apr 14 11:05pm

mummza

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Re: Rosemary Cuttings

I have planted bits of rosemary at any time of the year during spring summer and autumn but not in winter .
it roots very easily .

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#16 Wed 30 Apr 14 11:17pm

Maree

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Re: Rosemary Cuttings

Autumn (Fall) is best. Just avoid temperature extremes (same with most plants). So not during a NYC hot and humid spell and not during winter.


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#17 Wed 30 Apr 14 11:24pm

JoyYamDaisy

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From Melbourne Australia
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Re: Rosemary Cuttings

koukouvagia wrote:

I've always wanted to grow herbs on my balcony which faces west unfortunately, but what would be a good time of year to plant?  I'd like rosemary, mint, chives, parsley, and basil.

Apart from Basil, which I buy in punnets at the end of spring, these are all things I get free!

Rosemary: I pull off a nice growing  bit (half way between soft and woody). In mild Melbourne this can even be done in winter, but I think the best time might be as it is starting to put on growth in spring. It can grow into a big woody plant, so have a big plantpot ready for it.

Mint dies back over winter so again spring is the best time. If you can't pluck a bit from someone's garden (stick it in a vase for a week, and then plant it in a pot and keep moist) next time you buy a bunch try growing a nice looking bit of it.

Chives need a friend whose patch has grown thick so they can dig up a clump for you (to get them for free). They have little bulbs. If you get some growing, they gradually get bigger and thicker until you have to divide them. Like other bulbs, they die back over winter.

I think basil will have the most trouble facing west. It likes pretty much the same conditions as tomatoes. But give it a go anyway!

It is such a treat to have herbs growing!

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#18 Thu 01 May 14 1:27am

koukouvagia

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Re: Rosemary Cuttings

What does "dies over" mean?  Does that mean I can leave outside during winter, it dies and then springs back to life?

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#19 Thu 01 May 14 1:33am

Maree

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Re: Rosemary Cuttings

koukouvagia wrote:

What does "dies over" mean?  Does that mean I can leave outside during winter, it dies and then springs back to life?

Not sure if it'd survive a NYC winter outside (no harm in trying, I guess), but yes, comes back in spring.


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#20 Thu 01 May 14 1:41am

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: Rosemary Cuttings

Yes! By dies back, I mean that the above ground part of the plant dies (shrivels, blackens, goes brown and fades away!) over winter, but in spring new shoots grow and you get the plant back again!

(But as Maree says, bitter cold and other things (eating the roots etc) could kill them over winter)

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