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Rosemary in flower
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Rosmarinus
Species: Rosmarinus officinalis
Compass weed

Mary's mantle
Pilgrims plant

Plant Data
Min germination temp: 16°C (61°F)
Max germination temp: 20°C (68°F)
Germination time: 11 days
Time to transplanting: +53 days
Time to harvesting: +185 days
Mature height: 120cm (4ft)
Sow depth: ½cm (¼in)
Sow spacing: 2½cm (1in)
Growing plant spacing: 45cm (18in)
Growing row spacing: 45cm (18in)
References: [1]
Hardiness Zones
Ideal Hardiness Zones
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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves. It is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, which also includes many other herbs.

Planner[edit | edit source]

Sow (indoors)
Transplant outdoors


Growing[edit | edit source]

Location[edit | edit source]

Choose a sunny, sheltered spot in a shrub boarder, herb garden or iin a container close to a south-facing wall.[2]

Sowing[edit | edit source]

Rosemary can be sown indoors from late March to early May, but it is much easier to buy a pot-grown plant or take a cutting from an established plant, and root it in late May to early June.

Transplanting[edit | edit source]

From seed-grown or bought plant

Transplant rosemary plants in spring. Leave 45cm (18in) between plants (one plant should provide plenty for use in a household).

From cutting

Cut a branch of rosemary from an existing established bush about 5-7½cm (2-3in)[3][4], although almost any sized cutting should root. Remove the leaves from the bottom 2½cm (1in) and, if available, dip in rooting hormone. Stand, cut side down, into a container of standard potting compost, water from below and put in a propagator or cover with a clear plastic bag. A temperature of 15-20°C (60-70°F) is needed for the cuttings to root.[4]

Harvesting[edit | edit source]

You can harvest rosemary all year round[5], but ideally on hot sunny days.[6] Both it's needle-like leaves and blue flowers can be used in the kitchen.[2]

Regular picking and pruning should keep the bush to about 60cm (2ft) tall.[2] Template:Clrr

Troubles[edit | edit source]

Full troubles list: Mint troubles

References[edit | edit source]


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  1. Rosemary. myfolia. Retrieved: 2010-08-27.
  2. a b c Hessayon, D.G. (2009). The Vegetable & Herb Expert. Transworld Publishers, London. p. 136. ISBN 9780903505468
  3. Iannotti, M. Rosemary - You Can Grow the Herb Rosemary. Retrieved: 2010-08-27.
  4. a b How to Grow Rosemary. Garden Action. Retrieved:2010-08-27.
  5. Rosemary. Harvest Wizard. Retrieved: 2010-08-27.
  6. Herb Questions - Rosemary. The Green chronicle. Retrieved: 2010-08-27.