Rosemary is one of my favourite herbs, and while it’s quite easy to grow, I have a few tips on how to care for a fresh rosemary plant.
When I first bring a rosemary plant home from the greenhouse, I like to transplant it into a slightly larger pot that has good drainage holes. That way it has plenty of room to put down a sturdy root system during the summer. When I bring it in for the winter, I may repot once again, as hopefully it will have grown quite a bit.
Rosemary is a tender evergreen perennial grown as an annual in most areas of Canada. It loves full sun, tolerates shade and does very well in containers. It prefers light, well-drained soil.
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.
How to Care for a Fresh Rosemary Plant*
- Remove your new rosemary plant from pot and if it seems potbound, pinch the roots to loosen, and stimulate growth
- Choose a new, larger pot, with good drainage
- 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
- Put soil in the bottom of the pot
- Place the plant inside, then pour more soil down the sides, pressing down as you go until the soil reaches the top, making sure you don’t cover the top of the root ball
- Water rosemary when the soil at the top feels dry
- I like to either mist or spray the top of the plant quite regularly. It keeps spider mites at bay, and also revitalizes it
- Having said this – most experts will tell you powdery mildew is a problem with rosemary, so make sure there is lots of airflow around the plant
This also works well on the large topiary plants available around Christmas-time.
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!
*Since being first published on Keeping With the Times in 2013, this post has been revised and updated.
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