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Our organic rosemary can be grown outdoors and indoors, which makes it perfect for urban farmers and home growers. Our rosemary is very easy to grow and its unique aromatic qualities make it extremely popular and a must-have for any kitchen herb collection.
Fresh rosemary's flavor is so unique and interesting. Rosemary is a woody evergreen perennial herb with fir-like leaves that is native to the Mediterranean region. The name of this popular herb derives from Latin and originates from its native location near sea coasts – "Rose" from Ros (meaning dew) and "Mary" from Marinus (meaning sea). The plant is also sometimes referred to as anthos, which comes from the ancient Greek word for flower. For ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks, rosemary was considered sacred and the herb and the oil were used in burial rituals and folk medicine.
Though our organic rosemary is used to more warm climates it can withstand cool climates too. It can also tolerate droughts, enduring a serious shortage of water for long periods. Often the seeds are challenging to start and have relatively slow growth, but the plant can live for up to 30 years. Rosemary also can bloom outside of its usual flowering season; it was known to flower as late as early as the beginning of December and as early as mid-February.
The rosemary's aromatic qualities make it a popular herb for seasoning potatoes and meats such as lamb, pork, chicken, and veal, as well as for infusing olive oils, cocktails, and wines. Not only that but the rosemary flowers are fragrant and very appealing to honeybees and other wild pollinators.
Preparation for planning rosemary
Before you start, you need to choose a soil with excellent drainage as rosemary will not tolerate being consistently wet. Also, make sure to give the plant a full-sun exposure.
If you are growing the herb in a pot select a succulent and cactus mix. If you decide to grow it in a container provide monthly feedings of organic fertilizer.
How to grow organic rosemary
- Starting indoors is more reliable, planting the seeds 8 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost or min-February to mid-April.
- Using a tray, plant the seeds in a well-draining mixture about 0.5 cm (1/4 inch) deep or sprinkle 3 to 4 seeds in each cell.
- Cover the tray with plastic growing domes or use a layer of plastic wrap. This will keep in moisture and warmth, and help the seeds to germinate faster.
- Water thoroughly and put the seeds tray on a heating mat to maintain an optimum 27-32 °C (80-90 °F) soil temperature. If you do not have a heating matt your bottom heat will also do the work. Seeds require a longer time to germinate, usually 15 to 25 days, so be patient.
- As the plants of the rosemary begin to emerge, position them where the bright light can reach them.
- Transplant seedlings when they are 8 cm (3 inch) tall into individual pots. If it is warm enough you can move them directly to the garden. Plant them in soil that is well-drained and sandy about 60 cm to 90 cm (24-36 inch) apart.
- Keep the soil moist until the plant is well-formed and then gradually reduce watering.
Growing rosemary in containers
To grow organic rosemary in a container you need to select the right size and use the proper soil, and you can spice up your favorite recipes with fresh rosemary all year round.
- Grow rosemary in a container or a pot that is 15 cm – 20 cm (6-8 inch) deep and has at least one drainage hole. It should contain loose, well-draining, high-quality potting soil (succulent and cactus mix) with a slow-release organic fertilizer. If used previously, sterilize the container with a 1-part bleach solution to 9-parts water and rinse well before using it for your rosemary seed.
- Place the container in an area that receives 6 hours of sun per day, preferably sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon. In this climate, Rosemary thrives.
- To keep the soil moist but not soggy, water rosemary regularly. Only the soil surface between watering will dry; do not allow the soil to dry out completely. Water the plant until water drains out of the drainage hole to ensure that it is watered thoroughly. If the container is placed on a drainage pad, cleat it after watering.
- Fertilize potted rosemary every two weeks with an all-purpose, water-soluble organic fertilizer, but only if there was no fertilizer in the potting mix. Make sure to water your rosemary herb after applying fertilizer.
- Spray bugs like aphids when you see them off with a strong stream of water. When bugs on the plant remain, spray them in 4 L (1 gal) of water with a solution of 1 tablespoon of dish soap. Remember to rinse the rosemary thoroughly before using it if this dish soap solution has been used to clean it.
- Harvest rosemary also stems to promote more compact, bushier growth. Throughout the crop, pinch or cut 8 cm to 15 cm (3-6 inch) of stems as necessary to encourage growth.
- If the pot is outside, make sure to bring it indoors to a sunny area before the first frost.
Caring for rosemary
Caring for your organic rosemary is peaty simple. Remember to maintain loose soil, prune regularly so that the plant will not get lanky, and keep weed-free. When the cold weather approaches use a mulch to cover your crops.
Water your plant regularly to keep the soil moist and keep the roots from drying out. Try to water on a regular schedule, but do never overwater it. We usually water our organic rosemary once or twice a week.
Grow the plant indoors in a pot for fresh rosemary in the winter. Put it in bright light and protect it against cold drafts. When you take care of rosemary in a container or a pot, have monthly liquid organic fertilizer feedings.
How to harvest rosemary
You can take some of the leaves that look like short needles of pine and use them fresh whenever you want. Over a season, you can harvest your organic rosemary several times.
To pick, cut off whole branches from the plant by slicing with a clean, very sharp knife as scissors may crush the plant’s tissues at the cut end.
How to store rosemary
Dry indoors, hanging the plant upside down in some airy spot. Once the leaves are dry, they can be removed and placed in sealed containers or glass jars. Their aroma is kept for many years.
You can also keep fresh rosemary in plastic bags in the refrigerator or to retain maximum flavor by freezing the rosemary in a plastic bag or container.
Rosemary companion plants
It is believed that rosemary oils repel dangerous insects such as bean beetle, cabbageworm, cabbage moth, and carrot flies. So, remember their pest repelling properties when deciding on the companions. Our organic rosemary is a good companion for broccoli, beans, cabbage, carrots, and hot peppers to flourish. Sage would also benefit from this aromatic herb.
You should remember that rosemary does not grow well near potatoes and pumpkins.
- Planting seasonlate May direct sow
- Number of seeds3 to 4 seeds in each pot
- Depth0.5 cm (1/4 inch)
- Days to maturity100 days from transplanting
- Row spacing60-90 cm (24-36 inch)
- In-row spacing46 cm(18 inch) apart
- Sunlight8-12 hours of full sun
- Watering1-2 times per week
- Harvesting14 to 17 weeks
- PlantOrganic Rosemary
- Planted on
- First seedlings date
- First harvest date