Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gardening: Rosemary

My gardening only blog is In Ashleigh’s Garden.

This is my “chart card” for rosemary
File:Rosemary bush.jpg
(Image from Wikipedia)

Sunlight: Full Sunlight

Sowing:  Into seed trays then into pots to prevent the bush from taking over or growing too large.

Season:  Start indoors at any time of the year, can be taken outside during summer months.

Soil:  Soil needs to have good drainage

How to plant:
  1. Plant in seed trays at a depth of 6mm (1/4 inch) with 3mm all around (1/8 inch)
  2. They should sprout in 15-25 days (one of mine sprouted in just 7 days!)
  3. Replant when 5cm in height into pots about 30cm diameter and 30cm deep (1 foot).
  4. The plant can grow up to 1.5m (5 feet) if not cut back, roots can be restricted in small pots to keep the plant smaller.
Harvest sprigs of Rosemary as needed, or cut back entire stem and hang to dry.  Rosemary matures over several seasons, so harvest lightly for the first few years.


  1. I'm in Texas and our Rosemary bush is huge. It grows year round here. After a couple of years the bush gets woody and the stems get quite thick. They make great shish k'bob skewers-when picked and used green they won't catch fire. They flavor the meat and vegetables.....yummy!!!!!

    1. Hello Cam! The Rosemary bushes I have seen are also huge. A friend has one in his garden and it also grows all year round. He loves it, but finds that he has to trim it back constantly.
      Thank you for the tip about using them as skewers. I'll mention it to my friend, I'm sure he'll fancy that idea.