The name of the rosemary plant may get you into thinking about food. You might even consider growing it for this particular reason. But this plant will bring a joyful and green corner to your garden, which will also please you visually. This beautiful herb has evergreen leaves. In spring, it is decorated with intense blue, creamy white, or pale pink flowers which turn your garden into a colorful spectacle.
To those into Mediterranean cooking, rosemary plant may be a necessity. But you don’t need cooking skills to discover the advantages of decorating your garden or even your window with this herb. You don’t have to live in the above area to have a rosemary plant, as it is due to suffer from too much care, instead of too little. But let’s read more on the plant you can enjoy for years.
What Is Rosemary Plant?
Rosmarinus officinalis or dew of the sea has Mediterranean roots at it was sacred to ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans. The plant is a member of the mint or Labiatae family, together with other herbs used in the kitchen. Some of them are basil, mint, oregano, thyme, and lavender.
You can use this fragrant herb to many types of meals. You can keep springs of rosemary in food bags in the fridge for months. Moreover, if you let them dry, you may use them as part of aromatherapy.
You can easily recognize the evergreen perennial shrub of rosemary plant, by its woody aspect, fragrance, or needle-like leaves. The herb may reach 3 – 5 feet in height, in warmer climates. The herb is so adjustable that you can even cultivate it inside your home, in a pot, if you live in a chilly weather area. It loves full sun and sandy soil, and it can persist through the entire spring and summer. However, you may have a challenging time choosing from its multitude of varieties.
Main Varieties of Rosemary Plant
Rosemary Plant has plenty of varieties which are spread all over de globe. So, before you decide to plant on, research on the specifics of your variety, as some of them have unique requirements or usages.
Below are some of the most well-known varieties of rosemary plant. Typically, you can tell them some of them apart by the color of their flowers, and leaves.
- Albus: White Flowers;
- Arp: Light green leaves, with a lemon scent;
- Benenden Blue: Narrow, dark green leaves;
- Blue Rain/Majorica Pink/Pinkie/Roseus: Pink flowers;
- Irene: Lox and lax plant, with intense blue petals;
- Salern: Like Arp in shape, but with pale blue flowers;
- Severn Sea: Low-growing plant which spreads. Has arching branches and dark violet petals;
- Sudbury Blue: Blue Flowers;
- Tuscan Blue: The traditional shape;
- Wilma’s Gold: Yellow leaves.
How to Grow Rosemary Plant
- You can cultivate rosemary through planting seeds or 2 – 4-inch However, both methods follow the same rules.
- Plant the seeds/ cuttings 8 – 10 weeks before the last frost in well-drained soil with a pH of 6 – 7, and give them room to grow. The plant grows and spreads up to 4 feet. You may consider this aspect for planting it in your garden. If you cultivate rosemary plant in a pot, you just need to use a few seeds/ cuttings.
- You may fertilize the plant once or make sure that the soil contains lime; although it is not mandatory. As a natural aid, you can try watering it with rainwater, occasionally.
- Rosemary plant is relatively drought tolerant, but it is at its best when the soil is not completely moist. Excess of water harms it.
- Once the plant has grown, you can cut parts of it and use the fresh needles at cooking or let them dry. You might soon notice that occasional trimming makes rosemary plant even bushier. However, do not exaggerate with cutting from the crown of the plant. Margins are always recommended.
- You can wet the plant twice a week (outdoor) or twice a month (indoor). Before doing this, check if the soil is dry.
- If you live in an area with cold winters, bring the plant indoors. However, you will need to place it in an area which offers rosemary plant around 6 – 8 hours of full sunlight/day.
- Precautions: Rosemary plant can develop powdery mildew if grown inside. This is a fungus that appears due to humid air. Also, you can spray it occasionally with insecticidal soap, to avoid spider mites and aphids.
Flavoring Your Home
If you imagine that it is hard to care for a herb such as a rosemary plant, then the answer is no. This is just one of the many advantages of having a rosemary plant in your garden or home. You will enjoy its fragrance on the long term, while it flourishes in the sunlight. Then, you can cut springs and add a unique flavor to your foods, without harming it. This scenario might go on for years.
What’s your story on growing rosemary plant? Do you have any extra tips or usages that you would like us to know? Comment below and share your experience with other readers!
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