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Rosemary topiary

by User Not Found | Aug 22, 2014

If you have a rosemary plant follow Jean's tips and train it into topiary.

  • Plant a rosemary rooted cutting in a half-and-half mixture of peat and perlite.
  • Once the plant is fully rooted, transplant it to a 3-1/2-inch pot and prune the side shoots.
  • Stake the plant and leave it grow in a sunny spot for several months. When the plant is 2 feet tall, trim off its main vertical shoot. This will stop its upward growth and encourage branching. Then, strip the bottom half of the plant of all its shoots, leaving the top part for shaping.
  • Loosen ties as the trunk grows in diameter. Turn the plant weekly so it receives even sunlight and feed with a fertilizer once a month during summer. Pinch off growing tips to maintain a full, dense top and encourage branching. Re-pot to prevent the topiary from becoming pot bound.
  • It may take several years of care and attention to achieve the shape you want. Topiary is usually expensive for this reason so you may save money by doing it yourself.