How to Grow Rosemary

Lately, rosemary is often used as ornamental plant. Rosemary can grow in pots without problems, if it gets enough water and light. Follow the instructions below to learn how to grow rosemary.

  • Rosemary needs a mixture of two parts garden soil or topsoil bought specifically from the store, one part sand and one part ground leaves. The soil must be well-drained so that excess water can drain easily and not to remain at its root. These are the first things that you should know about how to grow rosemary.
  • Seeds can be bought from any hypermarket or DIY store. You can also buy seedlings from specialized shops. If you opt for seeds it is important to know that they germinate very slowly. It is good to plant seeds in early spring and not later than the end of May. Whether you want to grow rosemary in pots or in the garden it is good to first plant the seeds in a temporary pot.
  • This part is also very important in learning how to grow rosemary. Fill a pot with special soil and water lightly, but do not saturate. Spread rosemary seeds all over the pot and add over a layer of about 0.5 – 1cm of soil, which is slightly moist. If many of the seeds planted germinate, as they grow they can be moved in different pots or you can leave only 2 – 3 threads in a pot. When the plants reach about 10 – 20cm (4 – 8 inches), threads will be moved in separate pots to have enough room for growth. To replant rosemary in the garden you must wait until next spring.
  • Because it comes from a Mediterranean area, rosemary needs more light throughout the year. During spring and summer the plant requires monthly fertilization of the soil.
  • Water rosemary once a week in cold season, and in hot season every two days. The plant does not need much water; just keep the soil slightly moist. Most people who know how to grow rosemary water the plant in the plate of the container and not directly in the pot, so the plant takes just as much water as it needs. Instead, if you keep rosemary in the garden water it only when the soil is dry. In both cases water in evening, after sunset or in the morning when it’s still cool.
  • You can keep rosemary outdoors in hot season without problems, but in cold weather it is good to bring it back inside to protect it from frost. If you cannot keep it inside, protect it from cold with a plastic wrap, but make sure that air can penetrate inside so that the plant can breathe.

Finally, now that you know how to grow rosemary, there is one more thing you should know:  if you grow rosemary in areas with cold winters, it may not resist in the garden.

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