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

Your comments and tips

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
26 Jun 18, Mike L (Australia - temperate climate)
Go to Rosemary and read up all about it.
26 Jun 18, Mark (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Yes, rosemary will go well in Sydney. I have grown rosemary in every location I have lived. western Sydney, western NSW, S/E QLD and now in the snowy mountains.
12 Nov 15, Lee (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Tip: Rosemary doesn't play well with many other herbs. I've consistently seen it's stems grow almost at right angles away from nearby parsley, for instance. To avoid this you'll need approximately a 1.5 metre radius/distance away from parsley. Oregano and thyme tend not to affect the rosemary much, but these will begin to grow around or away from rosemary - it's quite funny to watch a plant do a slow-motion about-face; and if you think that following that the idea of the old folk song sounds nice and you plant parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme in a pot, pretty much everything stunts and dies. Start cuttings in the spring thru summer (just snip off the top 30cm of a stem and plant it 15cm deep in-situ) and keep the soil damp/watered (once a day is usually enough) until you see the end of the soft tip of the cutting stand up under it's own wieght, consistently. For a few days-to-a-week after making the cutting, the soft tip will rise and fall with the heat/light of the day and then finally stand up. That's how you know it's taken. It'll shoot away pretty quickly after that.
11 Oct 15, Stella (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Howdy Is Rosemary a slow grower ?
17 Jul 15, Peter (Australia - tropical climate)
I have been a couple of rosemary bush,s for several years but recently they have been looking very jaded
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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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