Growing Rosemary Herbs

Growing Rosemary Herbs

Rosemary Herb Pots

Growing Rosemary Herb



Rosemary Herb is a very beautiful plant with a piney scent.  Not only is it attractive, it is a rather easy herb to grow.  Rosemary taste great in recipes and has been associated with Mediterranean-style meals.  My favorite is roasted pork chops sprinkled with rosemary.  Taste great and really fragrances the home while cooking.

Starting Your Plant

I like to start my plants with a nursery grown starter plant.  I have had great success with Burpee.  It can take some time for Rosemary to fill in so make sure you are patient.

1. Place organic soil in a large self watering pot.

2.  Place your starter plant in the pot and cover with more soil.

Caring For Rosemary

There are three important aspects of growing potted Rosemary herbs:  Sun, Good Drainage, and Good Air Circulation.  Rosemary does not have a healthy appetite, so if you fertilize it in the springtime it will be in good shape for the season.  This herb likes good drainage so, if it starts to look unhappy, it may be time to re-pot it.  Rosemary likes to be re-potted once a year to stay healthy.

Indoors or Outdoors

If you live in a climate with winter temperatures that drops below 30 degrees, you will need to bring your potted Rosemary Herbs inside for the season.  It can be  a little tricky caring for Rosemary inside because you will still need 6-8 hours of sunlight.  If you cannot use natural sunlight, you may need artificial light.  The biggest problem with growing Rosemary indoors is powdery mildew.  This tend to develop because of too much humidity.  The best way to combat this problem is to allow the soil to get good and dry between watering.  Also, if you could keep the temperature lower or run a fan in the area, this could be helpful.  This powdery mildew can also be a problem in humid climates such as Florida.

 Maintaining Your Rosemary Pot

If you brought your plant inside for the winter, return it outside in the spring.  Remember to re-pot it once a year, preferably springtime. When your plant has grown to a size that it appears it cannot get enough water, it is time to re-pot to a larger pot.  If you want to maintain the size of your rosemary plant, root prune it by slicing off a couple of inches of the roots from the bottom and sides of the root ball and replanting in the same pot. Be sure to trim some of the top at the same time, to lessen the work load of the roots and the stress placed upon the trimmed plant.



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