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Rosemary Plant Care Guide

Rosemary Plant Care Guide

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Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Plant type: Herb

USDA Hardiness Zones: 6, 7, 8, 9

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: Sandy, Loamy

Rosemary is a perennial evergreen shrub with blue flowers. It is a pungent and distinctive plant with a sweet, resinous flavor. Rosemary is ideal for a rock garden or the top of a dry wall. It is used for 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.
  • 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.

Care

  • After the 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

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

Harvest/Storage

  • Prune the stems to use fresh. During the winter, bring a rosemary plant indoors.
  • You can dry the leaves as well and store in an airtight container.

Recipes

Wit & Wisdom

Drink rosemary tea to enhance your memory.

Numerous cultivars have been selected for garden use. The following are frequently sold:

  • ‘Albus’ – white flowers
  • ‘Arp’ – leaves light green, lemon-scented
  • ‘Aureus’ – leaves speckled yellow
  • ‘Benenden Blue’ – leaves narrow, dark green
  • ‘Blue Boy’ – dwarf, small leaves
  • ‘Golden Rain’ – leaves green, with yellow streaks
  • ‘Gold Dust’ -dark green leaves, with golden streaks but stronger than ‘Golden Rain’
  • ‘Irene’ – low and lax, trailing, intense blue flowers
  • ‘Lockwood de Forest’ – procumbent selection from ‘Tuscan Blue’
  • ‘Ken Taylor’ – shrubby
  • ‘Majorica Pink’ – pink flowers
  • ‘Miss Jessop’s Upright’ – distinctive tall fastigiate form, with wider leaves.
  • ‘Pinkie’ – pink flowers
  • ‘Prostratus’ – lower groundcover
  • ‘Pyramidalis’ (or ‘Erectus’) – fastigate form, pale blue flowers
  • ‘Remembrance’ (or ‘Gallipoli’) – taken from the Gallipoli Peninsula
  • ‘Roseus’ – pink flowers
  • ‘Salem’ – pale blue flowers, cold hardy similar to ‘Arp’
  • ‘Severn Sea’ – spreading, low-growing, with arching branches, flowers deep violet
  • ‘Tuscan Blue’ – traditional robust upright form
  • ‘Wilma’s Gold’ – yellow leaves

The following cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit:-

  • ‘Miss Jessop’s upright
  • ‘Severn Sea
  • ‘Sissinghurst blue
  • ‘Benenden blue


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4 responses

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  3. Patrice

    My rosemary bush always has a foam substance on the tips. What is this please?

    April 12, 2017 at 12:18 am

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