Growing Rosemary. Your New Ultimate Method to Hand-Growing It ANYWHERE in 30 Days, Starting Now.

I wasn’t lying in that title. Growing rosemary is one of the best experiences of life, second to having radishes and hummus.

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Rosemary is an evergreen shrub plant that is great in the kitchen and as a simple decoration. Its wonderful pine scent is absolutely to die for to freshen up a room or add some spruce to your dishes. It’s one of the best herbs that any homesteader, urban gardener, or person with a kitchen should grow.

But why start growing rosemary anyways? Honestly, it’s a lot cheaper and potent. Or the two biggest reasons to grow your food.

As an evergreen, you get to enjoy the taste, scent, and overall elegant look of rosemary for years to come, all for the price of one plant! You wouldn’t have to buy tiny overpriced sprigs at the market, and it feels so good to use rosemary that you dried yourself.

Whether you grow in containers, or on a farm, this is the ultimate guide to growing rosemary anywhere in less than 30 days. Plus personal tips for growing rosemary from yours truly, let’s start!

What Kind of Rosemary Should I Grow?

With growing rosemary, you got two types of plants to grow. Upright and ground cover types.

Upright rosemary resembles a bush and can grow a couple of feet tall. They mirror lavender a lot with their tiny leaves.
Upright rosemary is perfect for people who want to grow on a farm as a bush or likes the look of a mini rosemary bush in their kitchen. Not to mention, rosemary is amazing as hedging!

Ground cover rosemary is the type that well, covers the ground. It’s more likely to be droopy and looks marvelous in hanging baskets and landscaping projects.

I’ve grown both upright and ground cover rosemary, and I’d like to say that as a container gardener, both are great. They both look elegant and steals the spotlight. However, my creeping rosemary looks a bit better.

Specific varieties that I recommend are ‘Creeping’ and ‘Golden’ Rosemary. ‘Creeping’ is made for the landscaper or indoor grower as it spreads and spills over the edges. Golden has beautiful yellow leaves like pieces of gold, absolutely perfect for any decoration.

Brown terracotta pot with fresh italian rosemary and cut twig

Starting and Growing Rosemary

There are many ways to get rosemary. The best way is to get it from a plant. Like many other herbs, growing rosemary from seed is a long and tedious process. Just get the plant and save yourself time.

You can get your rosemary at a nursery or home improvement store near you! After you get your plant, repot it the right way with this guide. Don’t spend all that money just for it to die so soon!

Another way to get rosemary plants is to get a cutting from a friend or even the sprigs that they sell at the grocery store and propagate them. This is usually cheaper and a lot more interesting to do, but it can be a bit riskier. Especially without this guide on propagating any plant.

Pot with Fresh Rosemary Herb Growing and Empty Label. Home Gardening on Balcony, Eco Produce in Ubran Balcony.

Requirements for Growing Rosemary

Rosemary has some preferences when growing it, regardless of how. It can’t grow in the cold, specifically under 30 degrees F. Rosemary loves humid, warm environments so if you garden in a temperate climate, move your rosemary indoors over the winter or get a winter-hardy variety.

How Much Sun Does Rosemary Need?

Rosemary loves some sun. And by some, I mean 6-8 hours of bright sunlight every day.

If you’re growing outside, place your rosemary on the west or south side of your property. When growing rosemary in pots, place your container in a spot of your living space on a west or south-facing window.

What Soil is Best For Growing Rosemary?

Unlike basil, rosemary like their soil on the sandy side. Amend your soil with a bit of sand to keep your rosemary thriving and happy.

How Far Apart Should I Space When Growing Rosemary?

If you’re growing rosemary in a pot, plant your rosemary in a 6-8 inch pot.

However, if you grow rosemary in the ground annually, space it 8-10 inches apart. If you plan on cultivating rosemary as a perennial, increase that spacing to 24 to 36 inches apart. Those bushes get big.

Do I Need Fertilizer for Growing Rosemary?

Rosemary doesn’t need all that much fertilizer and can do without it. But if the leaves look paler than usual, add a small dose of water-soluble fertilizer or some Epsom Salt.

How Often Should I Water Rosemary?

Like aloe, keep your rosemary on the drier side. It prefers getting thoroughly watered when the soil is dry rather than a few sips every day.

If you’re growing rosemary outdoors, water your rosemary once to twice a week, depending on how fast the soil dries. When growing rosemary in pots, water every 7-10 days.

a bunch of fresh rosemary on a wooden background

How To Prune and Propagate Rosemary

If you want to get bushier rosemary, pruning is the way to go. To be brief, cut in between the two shoots on between the leaf and stem. This will make those two shoots grow off and make more tiny shoots until you have more rosemary than things to do with it!

For propagating, cut a 5-inch sprig of new growth and cut right below the node [find the definition of node here]. After, strip down the leaves except for the top two sets and place them in a jar of water for a week. This is how you can propagate sprigs from the grocery store and anywhere else!

I have a more in-depth guide on propagating any plant, so make sure to take a look! You’d not want to miss the tip on using a water bottle.

Dried rosemary in a glass jar, branches of fresh rosemary, vintage wooden background, selective focus

How to Store and Dry Rosemary

After pruning your rosemary, there’s probably a lot more than you can use at the time. So why not save it for later and preserve it?

There are many ways to dry an herb, but my favorite is the good old hang it or lay it out to dry. I’ve tried out both methods, and I believe that laying rosemary to dry is a lot more convenient.

I go about it by washing the sprigs of rosemary then pat them down with a paper towel. After, I place the cuttings on another paper towel on my kitchen counter and then let it dry over a few weeks. I wait until the rosemary is almost crispy and shriveled. Simple and straight to the point!

After drying my rosemary, I grind it up in an herb grinder and put the seasoning in a spice jar.

And there you go, you can use your dried rosemary any way that you like!

So What’s Next Sarika?

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If you are interested in growing more herbs, check out Top 10 Herbs to Grow For Your GardenThe Ulitmate Guide to Growing the Indestructible Mint, and How to Grow Basil. I love herbs so expect this list to keep on growing!

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Before you go, don’t forget to snag your gardening dictionary! I collected and defined more the 100 of the most common gardening terms you’ll come across. So that next time you encounter a gardening word, you’re not scratching your head and saying, “Huh?”.

And that’s all for now. Happy Gardening, till we meet again.

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