Rosemary is a sun-loving perennial whose scent reminds me of the Mediterranean. It’s needle-like leaves that can be picked all year round. Fresh or dried leaves can be used to flavour meat, soups and many other dishes, while sprigs steeped in olive oil give it a distinctive flavour. You can even make tea made by infusing chopped leaves in boiling water helps with digestion. It has beautiful flowers and Rosemary in the Herb garden is a must for me.
Growing Rosemary in the Herb garden
Rosemary is usually propagated by cuttings. Seeds can be difficult to germinate and often don’t turn out like their parents. It’s much faster to start with a cutting and you will be sure of what type of plant you will get. It’s possible to root rosemary in a glass of water, but a bit more effort like described below will give more better results.
You will make things far easier on yourself if you start with a full grown plant. Rosemary can take a good deal of time to fill in as a plant and you can get them now in the supermarket.
How to Start with a Rosemary cutting
- Snip about a 2 inch cutting from the soft, new growth of an established plant.
- Remove the leaves from the bottom inch and dip that tip into a rooting powder. Rooting powder is available in Aldi right now.
- Carefully place the dipped end into a pot od seed mix with vermiculite. Vermiculite helps with drainage and these plants don’t like to be too damp at the roots
- Place the container in a warm spot with indirect sunlight.
- Mist the cuttings daily and make sure the soil does not dry out.
- In about 2 to 3 weeks, test for root growth by very gently tugging on the cuttings.
- Once your cuttings have roots, transplant into individual pots about 3 to 4 inches in diameter.
- Pinch off the very top of the cutting to encourage it to develop branches.
Plant in a sunny, sheltered position in well-drained soil. Rosemary hates wet roots in winter. Alternatively grow in 30-60cm containers filled with soil-based or multi-purpose compost. Growing in containers is a great idea as you can move your Rosemary inside or into the greenhouse in Winter as they are not built for the cold.
Rosemary like Sage is a low-maintenance herb and, for the most part, pest-free. Your only concern might be powdery mildew, which you can avoid by not overwatering and by providing adequate space and air circulation among its fellow herbs plants.
Harvesting your Rosemary
Remove your Rosemary as needed – I find if you pinch out the tops you actually strengthen the plant. Simply strip the leaves from the stem, chop them up finely and add to the stuffing. Rosemary is great with Lamb and I love roast potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic.
Rosemary Varieties to Grow
Traditional Rosemary Herb – Hardy evergreen perennial, Height. 1m. Small pale blue flowers in spring and summer. Short dark green needle-shaped aromatic leaves.
Trailing rosemary – ideal for pots and to trail over low walls in sunny, well-drained soil.
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