Rosemary is one of those spices that can improve the flavor of almost all of your dishes. But, did you know that you can always have rosemary on hand by using one simple trick?
A famous tik toker, Martha (@marfskitchengarden) revealed one of the best hacks for getting an infinite supply of rosemary in a few easy steps.
She also shared a few amazing tips on keeping these herbs healthy and happy!
Here’s the trick!
The Hack Revealed
She started her video with the question “Did you know you can grow a lifetime supply of rosemary just using one packet of cut rosemary from the supermarket?”
As you can see, she uses the store-bought herb, and best of all, the process is so simple that even a beginner can do it.
The first thing you need to do is remove the bottom leaves from the main stem and then prune off the bottom part using a sharp pair of scissors.
The second step is to fill a glass with clean water and put the rosemary sprigs in it. Water propagation is actually a common way to easily extend your plant collection. Martha emphasizes the importance of changing the water weekly.
This is mainly done to prevent infecting the sprigs, which can be caused by pathogens found in standing water.
Now wait until the sprigs generate the first roots so that you can pot them. It typically doesn’t take more than 3-4 weeks until the roots occur.
You’ll first need to prepare a container with drainage holes in the bottom. This herb requires well-draining soil because the roots can’t grow in waterlogged soil.
Martha uses her garden soil and once she fills the pot with it, she makes a small hole in the center, puts rooted sprigs in it, and packs the soil around them well.
Rosemary is grown as a perennial in some climates, which means it will regrow each year. If you live in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 11, you can keep the pot with rosemary outdoors.
On the other hand, if you live in cooler regions, the pot should be kept indoors during the winter months.
Why Do It?
So the question rises, why should we grow rosemary this way if it’s easier to simply go to the store and buy some whenever we need it?
If we take a look at the bigger picture, the first benefit is that you’ll save money. Spice jars and rosemary plants may be pretty pricey so continual purchase isn’t something your wallet will appreciate.
The second benefit is that homegrown food reduces air pollution. As you know, we can’t transport food without vehicles, and vehicles contribute to pollution in great measures.
And last but not least, we reduce the number of single-use packaging, and we all know how important that is.
The video went viral and TikTok users seemed excited to try this method.
“Thank you!!! I had no idea it was that easy and I’ve been wanting to try growing more herbs.”
Users had a lot of additional questions for Martha regarding the soil and other conditions this herb needs to thrive.
“Thank you, genuinely!” mentions one TikTok user.