Growing Rosemary

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Rosemary in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • Easy to grow. Plant cuttings . Best planted at soil temperatures between 59°F and 68°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 39 - 59 inches apart
  • Harvest in approximately 1 years. In warmer areas, harvest time might be shorter.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Beans, Carrots, Cabbages, Sage
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes
  • Prostrate Rosemary

Rosemary will grow from seeds but this is not recommended as the success rate is very low. Small cuttings are easy to grow. Put in light, sandy soil where you want your plant to grow or start in small pots and plant out when established.

Rosemary comes from warm Mediterranean areas but adapts well to colder climates. In areas of heavy frost, a cutting potted up and kept in a sheltered spot will insure against total loss of your plant over winter.

Dryness suits rosemary, so well-drained soil and sunshine will be best.

Once established rosemary can be harvested all year round.

Rosemary grows well in patio pots or tubs.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Rosemary

Leaves sprinkled on roast potatoes, meat and barbeque food make them extra tasty.

Rosemary can also be used to add flavour to vinegars and oils.

Your comments and tips

12 May 20, Bradley Swan (Australia - temperate climate)
When is the best time to prune a Rosemary bush in Australia.
13 May 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Probably anytime of the year but more so when it is in a growing stage. The gardens I go to, it is a hedge so it is trimmed often.
17 Feb 20, Thomas Norris (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I am in zone 9b. Will rosemary survive all day, 10+ hours of summer sun?
08 Mar 20, Patricia Foster (USA - Zone 9b climate)
We have rosemary planted in the ground. We have had it in full sun as well as in partial shade - it thrives either way. Rosemary will get to be at least three feet tall and may create 3-4 foot diameter bunches so be sure to give it some space.
24 Feb 20, Gracie (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I live in zone 9b, and I have one Rosemary in a container growing nicely. It is a hassle-free herb. I have it outside in a full sun area. I just make sure it gets its water. I also have Basil, this is in partial sun area. It is also a hassle-free herb. Just protect them from bugs.
20 Feb 20, colleen (USA - Zone 10b climate)
It should love that! Make sure it has a gritty, well-draining soil (nutrient-poor is fine), and give it a good soak about once a week, or every few days in a major heat wave. Rosemary is a very tough, easy-to-care for plant once established.
10 Mar 19, Ann (Australia - tropical climate)
Rosemary - I cut some small new growth into jars about 10 cm long with the bottom couple of centimetres removed and put about a centimetre of water in the jar. Within 2 weeks they have roots ready to plant out.
10 Mar 19, Mike Logan (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Even a piece of harder stem growth will shoot.
22 Nov 18, (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Hi there. I have a few pieces of land in the Limpopo region of South Africa. I have noticed there to be a shortage of fresh rosemary in the grocery stores for a few months now. I am looking to start growing some. Would like to get some advise.
24 Jun 18, ... (Australia - temperate climate)
need to grow a herb outside in sydney winter - can I grow rosemary
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I saw where you can make a hedge out of Rosemary. Would this be a good suggestion? I have several plants I started from seed because I would like organic herbs. I plant on planting it in my garden as an entrance hedge. Need to know if I am heading in the right direction with this herb. We have four seasons here. Trying to make long lasting decisions. Thanks

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