Rosemary

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Rosemary romarin

Rosemarinus officinalis

Description

Rosemary is a perennial evergreen shrub in the hottest growing areas. Plants can reach 1.2 to 1.8 feet in height with some varieties that have a habit of leakage or cascading. The foliage is dark green and looks like a needle, much like a spruce or fir tree. A white stripe on the underside gives it a gray coloration. Rosemary produces small white, pink or blue flowers. The fragrance is a mixture of intense camphor and pine scent.

Culture

Although Rosemary can be grown from seeds, it is best to multiply it from stem cuttings. Cuttings are easily rooted and grow rapidly. The seeds germinate very slowly and the resulting plants can take years to become usable plants. In the garden, Rosemary prefers a sunny place on a well-amended soil with compost and well drained. Regular fertilization gives the best foliage for harvesting. Indoors, Rosemary prefers a cool (even cold), sunny place where humidity is high. Rosemary Dries quickly in an indoor growth environment, which usually leads to the tip of brown leaves and dieback. This does not mean further watering the plant, as this can lead to root rots and the loss of the plant. Keeping the plants cool and placing them on saucers filled with water-filled pebbles helps to increase the moisture around the plant and reduce the damage done to the foliage. Frequent misting is also useful. Rosemary grow very little during the cold and clear days of the cool season.

Harvest

Tender tips and foliage can be cut as needed throughout the growing season. From time to time, longer woody stems can be harvested and used as pikes for skewers. The leaves can also be dried and stored for later use. The size of the plants will promote a compact port. Plants can also be sheareded or trimmed.

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