Rosemary Planting and Care Guide

Rosemary Planting and Care Guide

Quick Facts About Rosemary

Rosemary herb plants are very attractive to beneficial insects and attract pollinators to the garden. They can be shaped and manicured to promote a more attractive, compact shape, and in addition to their beauty in the garden, Rosemary herbs are have both medicinal and culinary uses.

Planting Time

Rosemary seeds can be started indoors, 6 - 8 weeks prior to the end of frost season. Or, directly in the garden while a few frosts are still expected (cold stratification is beneficial).

Planting Location

Rosemary plants thrive in full sun and loamy, well-draining soil. The plants prefer acidic soil. Avoid soils that hold moisture and heavy clay soils.

How to Plant Rosemary

  • Rosemary seed can be soaked over night and added to dampened soil and placed in the refrigerator prior to planting
  • After 3 - 4 weeks of cold, start the seeds in starter trays indoors
  • These herb seeds need light for germination
  • Keep the trays moist and warm for germination
  • Transplant out after frost danger has passed
  • Or, directly sow in the garden prior to the end of frost season
  • Work the garden soil 6 - 8 inches
  • Add compost to the soil
  • Gently press the seeds into the soil but do not cover
  • Keep moist for germination

Care And Maintenance

  • Trimming Rosemary plants encourages bushier growth
  • For harvest, snip sprigs at any time
  • Best flavor and fragrance is prior to blooming
  • Sprigs can be used fresh, frozen or dried
  • Rosemary plants can be brought in during the winter
  • If potted, plan on re-potting every year due to the plant easily getting root bound