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B3B3 Posts: 25,224

I have a very straggly rosemary. It's a few years old but doesn't seem to be past it yet. There are plenty of side shoots. If I prune it hard, will it become bushier?

In London. Keen but lazy.


  • About April next year. However, be warned, it's a shrub that can rebel against being pruned hard and may, just may, decide that it cannot regenerate well from old wood and slowly decline. The good news is that they are very easily replaced or, better still, grown from heeled cuttings taken from some of those new shoots, even at this time of year. Overwintered in a cold frame, they should root well by late spring and be the next generation.


  • B3B3 Posts: 25,224

    Thanks Hortum. I'm afraid it stopped being pruned when we decided that when it's hot enough for a barbecue, it's too hot to stand next to hot coalsimage

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,081

    I found rosemary very easy from seed too image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,224

    It makes sense to take cuttings to be and start afresh. It's tangled up with a hardy fuchsia.. I'll look out for the benenden one. I have the pale blue. I grew it for culinary purposes and because I love the smell of it when it's chucked on a  barbecue but it would be nice to have an attractive one.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
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