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Tips on Growing Rosemary Herb
Since it is easy to maintain rosemary shrubs and due to the wide use of its leaves, more people are opting to grow their own rosemary plants. The perennial plant is so tough that it can thrive for up to 30 years as long as the environment is optimal. Thus, it may even be considered invasive by some people as it has the potential to spread and invade the garden. To grow your rosemary here are some tips to keep in mind:
- You can grow rosemary from a seed or a cutting. However, since the germination rate of rosemary seeds is low and those that germinate take too long to grow, it is advisable to grow rosemary from cuttings as they can grow rapidly if they are in good condition.
- Rosemary prefers to be drier, so make sure to plant it in a well-drained site with sandy soil, with six to eight hours of sunlight.
- The plant cannot tolerate being consistently wet so make sure not to overwater, just provide sufficient and even water while growing.
- Give it enough space to grow as it can grow up to 4 feet vertically and horizontally. Always prune it regularly when it gets lanky.
- If you’re planting it in the garden, it may be difficult to transfer the plant on a pot to take inside during the winter. Make sure to get cuttings that you can grow in a pot and plant outside after winter if your plant couldn’t survive the cold.
- When harvesting, the youngest stems are usually the freshest in terms of flavor. Do not harvest more than 1/3 of the plant at a time, and allow for ample time for it to regrow.