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Growing Rosemary

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(Best months for growing Rosemary in Australia - tropical regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Plant cuttings . Best planted at soil temperatures between 15°C and 20°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 100 - 150 cm 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
    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

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
18 Apr 15, Peter (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I am originally from NJ, USA. I now live in Costa Rica. When I lived in NJ Rosemary loved the summer months in that partially shady area I kept it, but once I brought inside before frost, it almost always got the powdery white on it as you describe. It is called powdery mildew and it can be easily controlled by mixing a teaspoon of baking soda in a pint of water...once dissolved, spray it on the plant every few days until the problem goes away. Mildew loves acid environments and the bicarb makes it alkaline, killing the mildew but not harming the Rosemary.
02 Oct 14, Deborah (Australia - arid climate)
Hello... I wanted to do a mass planting of lavender and rosemary with 5 or so kangeroo paws in a corner. I was hoping that because both lavender and rosemary were from the Mediterranean area, this would work. Do I follow the 'rules' for planting rosemary, for lavender. Do you happen to know if the kangaroo paw would be okay amongst them?
29 Oct 14, Genevieve (Australia - temperate climate)
Have for 8 years had lavender and rosemary alongside each other with no problems. Bees love their flowers. Never had any success with kangeroo paws neither did my neighbours, it must be our soil. Live in Leichhardt, sydney and we also don't have any luck with azealeas.
25 Aug 13, Andrew (Australia - temperate climate)
I need some advice re treatment of mildew (white film) on my rosemary leaves I planted them in pots on a north facing balcony, they are probably 3 months old, so far they have been doing great but up until 1 week ago I noticed this whitish film/ or cotton-like covering some leaves, can anyone suggest any treatment?? I've read so many different things on different forums I just want to get a better plan of action Thanks Andrew
01 May 14, Travis Edwards (Australia - temperate climate)
Sounds like mites, spray with pyrethrum or white oil and water them less if it is mildew. Rosemary likes a semi arid environment. white oil should help with insects and mildew somewhat or even try olive oil sprayed on it lightly
15 Jun 13, john hanson (Australia - temperate climate)
I want to plant rosemary or another fast growing plant in a plater box approx 700mm long by 300mm x 300mm is this sufficient
15 Mar 13, Sue griffith (Australia - temperate climate)
My rosemary bush is 15 years old. I use it for cooking. It ihas very woody stems. It is quite large. Can I prune it and will it shoot from cut stem?
01 May 14, Travis Edwards (Australia - temperate climate)
rosemary will handle very harsh treatment and still grow strong I prune mine off regularly with a chainsaw to 1/3rd of their size or less every couple of years and trim them up in between with the same method. I chopped one down to virtually nothing 3 years ago it is now about 4 ft around in every direction, and it was not much more than a stump. pruning them hard gets rid of the dead wood and makes them more bushy so you get more of the tender shoots that are good for cooking.
05 Mar 13, maddss (Australia - temperate climate)
Does rosemary grow in Autmn
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