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19/02/2013 at 22:10
I've got a large rosemary that has got so big it's blocking the view of the garden from the house. Will it re-grow if I give it a very severe haircut into the brown wood? Thanks
19/02/2013 at 22:43

Mine regrew after a fairly severe haircut, but do it after it's flowered. Early flowerer.

19/02/2013 at 23:09
Rosemary does not like being cut back into hard old wood. I prune mine every year to,avoid drastic cutting. Cuttings root easily though. How about considering a replacement shrub but a different variety? Sometimes when a plant is past it's best an opportunity arises for something new???
20/02/2013 at 10:33

Mine survived a fairly severe haircut but was never pleasing to look at after that. I'd start again

20/02/2013 at 11:14

Hi i took for the first time 4 cuttings of Rosemary last year just  stuck them straight into the soil and they are just magic ,i dont recomend this way i think a little more time and care next time in proper cuttings soil but Hey it worked and Rosemary is so easy and seems to be a tough plant ,in Falmouth there is a 12 foot high wall covered with rosemary growing from the garden at the top its all just hanging there in summer its just stunning

Cheers Alan 

20/02/2013 at 14:04

This rosemary grew enourmous and had dead bits on it, so about 4 or 5 years ago I dug it up and found the lower branches had rooted in several places  so I pruned the best looking bits quite hard and re-planted them. I now looks like a big bush, overflowing it's bed again.

20/02/2013 at 16:00

you can clip it like a hedge with shears,my son has rosemary hedge and we clip it twice a year.

20/02/2013 at 20:38
Thank you for all the advice. I do have some one year old cuttings that are doing very well, so I might replace it with one of those rather than cut into the brown wood. It has been regularly clipped since I moved here two years ago, but was already too big really, I've lived with it for this long but now I'd like to see some more of my garden
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