You’ve probably made a relaxing rosemary tea sometime. Or eaten a delicious meal flavored and spiced with rosemary. So we don’t need to remind you of the reasons why it’s so useful to have a rosemary plant in the house. What we do need to remind you of is that there are certain things you should do and certain things you should not do if you are growing rosemary.
Find out everything you need to know about caring for rosemary in this post.
Don’t take too much care of it
It’s rare to start a rosemary care post by telling you not to take too much care of the plant. But it’s the first piece of advice we want to give you. Although there are things that your rosemary plant will not tolerate, in general it is a fairly hardy plant that does not need much care.
So you know, if you are a person who doesn’t have much time to pay attention to plants, rosemary is one of the best options for you.
Basic care of rosemary
Lighting and temperature
Rosemary needs to be in a place where it receives a lot of natural light. With rosemary you don’t have to worry about whether it’s getting too much sunlight or not. Your rosemary plant can be exposed to direct sunlight for several hours a day.
As we have said, rosemary is a fairly hardy plant, so it can adapt to various types of weather. Although the plant prefers hot climates, it will hold up well in cold climates. What you should keep in mind is that you should protect your rosemary plant from drafts in any season.
We have already mentioned that if you don’t have too much time to take care of a plant, rosemary is for you. You don’t need to water your rosemary plant too often. Rosemary is used to not getting too much water.
To water it properly, you should observe the soil where the rosemary plant is growing. When the substrate looks dry, it is time to water. Water moderately, so that you barely get the soil wet. Under no circumstances should you allow water to accumulate in the substrate. This could damage the roots of the rosemary.
Rosemary is suitable for all types of soil. However, the soil must be basic for it to develop better. In addition, it must be a very well-drained soil, which does not retain moisture but rather tends to dry out. Use a substrate that is not too heavy.
You don’t need to worry about fertilizing the substrate. However, if you want to do it to help your plant grow, you can use any fertilizer with enough organic matter. The ideal frequency for fertilizing is annually.
The pruning of rosemary is quite important. Remember that pruning promotes stronger and healthier growth in your plant. Take advantage of pruning to remove leaves and flowers that look bad or withered, for example. But even more important is that you remove the weak stems. This way, each new stem that grows will be stronger and will not bend.
Last but not least, you can use pruning to give your rosemary plant the shape you want. This is a plant that grows widely, so if you have a limited area for it, it is best to prune it. Always help yourself with a sharp, clean pair of scissors. You know that if the instruments you prune with are not disinfected, you run the risk of your plant getting sick.
The biggest pest our rosemary plant faces is fungus. You know that rosemary is not a friend of moisture, and part of this is because moisture contributes to the formation of fungus on its roots.
If you notice any symptoms that your plant is sick, it is very important that you prune the parts that are being affected, or the disease will continue to spread to the whole plant.
You can detect any disease through spots on the leaves, bad smells coming from the plant, presence of parasites, among others. In any of these situations, you should go to your favorite gardening store and ask for advice.
You are now ready to harvest your rosemary. You only need to take a few stems directly from the plant. If you need some ideas on how to use it, here are a few: use it in a recipe, for some home medicine or to make yourself a relaxing tea. You will see how advantageous it is to grow your own rosemary at home.
Tell us about some use you have given to the rosemary branches in the comments.