Rosemary

Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Rosemary Plants

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Rosemary is a perennial evergreen shrub with blue flowers. It is a pungent and distinctive herb with a sweet, resinous flavor. Here’s how to grow your own rosemary plants.

Rosemary is ideal for a rock garden or the top of a dry wall. It is often used for seasoning poultry, lamb, stews, and soups.

Planting

  • For a head start, plant the seeds or cuttings indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost. See your local frost dates.
  • Plant the seeds/cuttings in well-drained soil. For best growth, the soil should be around 70ºF.
  • Be sure to give your plants enough room to grow. Rosemary grows to about 4 feet tall and spreads about 4 feet as well.
  • In the garden, plant near beans, cabbage, carrots, and sage. Learn more about companion planting with herbs.

Care

  • After the rosemary plant flowers, remember to trim the plant.
  • For fresh rosemary in the winter, grow the plant indoors in a pot. Be sure to put it in bright light and cool temperatures.
  • Prune regularly so that the plant won’t get lanky.
  • Water the plants evenly throughout the growing season.
  • Be sure to get cuttings or divide the plant for next season.

Pests/Diseases

  • Aerial blight
  • Bacterial leaf spots
  • Several types of root rot

Harvest/Storage

  • Prune the stems to use fresh.
  • During the winter, bring rosemary plants inside. Learn how to overwinter rosemary indoors.
  • Harvest young stems and leaves for the freshest taste.
  • Harvest up to a third of the rosemary at any one time, allowing the plant to replace its growth before taking more.
  • You can dry the leaves as well and store in an airtight container.

Wit & Wisdom

  • Rosemary tea is said to enhance one’s memory.

Recipes

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Rosmarinus officinalis

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