I am a rosemary junkie. I can’t get enough of the spicy, refreshing scent.
How does a person describe it… delicious is the only thing I can think of. Oh, and heavenly, and sweet, and tangy, and rich, and mouthwatering…
I can’t walk past one without running my fingers through the branches and maybe even pinching it.
So of course I can’t wait until the pretty little topiary-style plants come out around Christmastime. Add a string of lights, pop the plant into a vintage pail, and voila! instant country garden with a touch of holiday magic.
Speaking of vintage pails… I found this beauty at my local junque shop… it was love at first sight…
So here’s the “down and dirty” part. If you want to keep your plant as healthy as possible for as long as possible, this is what I would recommend.
Transplant the rosemary into a slightly larger pot that has drainage holes. Rosemary does not like to dry out, but it does not like to stand in water either, so place something on the bottom to help increase drainage even more. I used a plastic liner from one of my summer pots.
Pinch the roots to loosen, and stimulate growth.
Throw some soil into the bottom of the pot, place the plant inside, then pour more soil down the sides, pressing down as you go until it reaches the top.
Water rosemary when the soil at the top feels dry (don’t forget to remove the string of lights that you may have put on it)… I take it to the sink and give it a good watering, then I let it drain for about half an hour.
I like to either mist or spray the top of the plant quite regularly. It keeps spider mites at bay, and also revitalizes it. When I just want to mist the top, I put plastic wrap around the base of the plant to keep the water out of the pot.
Having said this – most experts will tell you that powdery mildew is a problem with rosemary and to make sure there is lots of airflow around the plant to keep the humidity down. That is not a problem where I live. The air is so dry it literally makes your hair stand on end (static).
Very comforting on a cold winter’s morning… with Christmas music playing softly in the background…
And lastly, don’t forget to use the herb in your cooking and baking. Pinch off the fresh new green ends that are sure to grow now that it’s happy! And I have a soon-to-be-published killer recipe using those tasty tips!
Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!