No matter what type of herbs a person is going to grow, it will find that there are many benefits and advantages to taking on this challenge. When you are first embarking on growing herbs, you will find that growing Rosemary herb is not only fulfilling and satisfying, but also very easy.
There are several types of Rosemary plants. The most common is the Miss Jessup, Tuscan Blue and Spice Island, which are used primarily in Mediterranean cooking. However, other varieties such as the Blue Lady, Blue Boy, and Golden Rain provide the same fragrance and beauty in a distinctive and unique style. With all of the Rosemary, the flowers and leaves can be used to cook, in salads, or can be eaten from the bush. In most cases the bush produces tall stocks from which the flowers blossom. The intensity of aroma and flavor depends on the variety of plant the you select.
Since it doesn’t require special care and treatment, the Rosemary is very easy to grow. This bush does very well in an area climate as long as it is kept in soil that has excellent drainage, is sandy, and and receive 6 to 8 hours of sun per day. Most of the varieties of Rosemary grow into large bushes which make them excellent border plants.
If you live in a region where it gets cold and frost, below 30 degrees, you will need to make plans to house your rosemary bush indoors during the winter. In general, these bushes do not like being indoors in the winter. The reason for this, is that they require 6 to 8 hours of sunlight. If you are going to keep your Rosemary healthy, indoors, you will need to have artificial lighting for your plane. The bush does not require heat from the sun, but it does require light. For most people, keeping their Rosemary in a window will not give it the sufficient sunlight required to maintain good health when indoors.
When you are going to keep your Rosemary in a pot, you will need to make sure that there is good drainage and the pot does not absorb water and keep the plant too wet. Most people find that a terra cotta pot is an ideal home for a Rosemary.
If you are going to keep your Rosemary in a pot on a year-round basis, it will be necessary to repot your plan yearly. The red system of the bush grows in direct proportion the plant. Therefore, a large healthy bush means you have a large healthy root system. In order for your plant to stay healthy the roots must have room to grow.
Each spring you will need to fertilize your Rosemary. This is best accomplished using a natural product such as fish and kelp emulsion. You can find this type of fertilizer online or at your local nursery. It is also a good idea to keep the emulsion in a water mixture and spritz your plant periodically to maintain good health.
One occurrence that is common in wetter climates is powdery mildew. This is a powdery white fungus that gets on the plant and can weaken it. There are several remedies for this fungus available. Suggestions include keeping a fan running by your plant and keeping it in an area with low humidity. Another suggestion that has worked for me is to put a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a spritzer of water and spritz your rosemary periodically to get rid or the fungus and keep it away. There are many tips available to grow rosemary herb successfully. This beautiful plant will add both beauty and natural herbs to your home and will be a great addition to your garden.