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How To Grow Rosemary Successfully

by Idris Ya'u
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There are lots of plants that you should know and use for many of their benefits and rosemary is one of them. Its botanical name is Salvia rosmarinus. Rosemary is a blue-flowering perennial evergreen plant. It has a delicious, resinous flavor and is fragrant and unique.

It is native to the Mediterranean Sea’s coastlines, thrives in warm climates with moderate humidity, where it can grow to be a large shrub. Rosemary grows so quickly in optimal conditions that it can become a nuisance if not properly handled!

In Zones 7 and warmer areas, this plant can be cultivated as a perennial shrub outdoors. It should be stored in a container and taken inside for the winter in colder climates. Rosemary is a popular seasoning for chicken, lamb, stews, and soups.

Now that we have few details about the rosemary plant, it’s better to know how to grow it and other factors that should be considered for proper growth.

How To Grow Rosemary

The following are ways to grow rosemary successfully:

Rosemary is ideally cultivated in the spring when the weather has heated up and no frost is expected. Indoor containers can be established at any period of the year.

This plant requires bright light and well-draining soil. Ensure that no taller trees or shrubs are too near to the rosemary to overshadow it. Rosemary thrives in containers, both outdoors and indoors, as long as it receives adequate light.

At least 2 to 3 feet between rosemary shrubs is recommended. Seedlings and nursery plants should be planted at the same depth as in their previous container.

When planting seeds, the soil should only just cover the seeds. This shrub usually doesn’t require any kind of support structure.

Tip: Learn how to grow Rosemary from cuttings

How To Care For Rosemary Plant

The following are various ways to care for your rosemary plant:

On most days, Rosemary prefers full sun, which means at least six hours of direct sunlight. Indoor growth thrives in a south-facing window, and grow lights are frequently required to supplement natural light.

Bring indoor plants outside in the summer to get some fresh air and sunlight. Insufficient light might result in leggy and poor growth.

The optimum soil for rosemary is well-draining sandy or loamy soil. It doesn’t fare well in hard clay or rainy soils. The pH of the soil should be slightly acidic to neutral.

Once grown, rosemary plants can withstand drought well, and it’s preferable to submerge rather than overwater them. Let the top several inches of soil dry out between waterings, then water evenly but not wet.

Although most rosemary types cannot withstand temperatures below 30 degrees, they are heat tolerant. Temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees are ideal for them. Furthermore, if there isn’t adequate air circulation around the plant, extreme humidity might cause rot and fungal problems.

Rosemary is a light feeder. Compost can be mixed into the soil at the time of planting to assist the shrub to get off to a pretty good start. Then, using a balanced liquid fertilizer per the label’s instructions, you’ll be able to maintain high-quality growth.

Rosemary shrubs pollinate themselves, which attracts bees and other pollinators to the yard. Bring indoor plants outside in the summer while their blossoms are open to promote natural pollination.


I hope this article helps you understand how to grow the Rosemary plant successfully. I would like to hear from you. So, let me know if you have any questions about growing Rosemary. Also, check the must-have gardening tools and their uses.


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  3. ResearchGate “Cultivation, Processing and Utilization of Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis L.)” retrieved from here

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