How to Care for Rosemary

By Mary Smith. Updated: May 31, 2018
How to Care for Rosemary

If you've felt like planting rosemary in your home, it's a great idea because this plant has leaves which always give off a pleasant aroma. It is a beautiful plant with beautiful blue flowers that are displayed in spring and summer. It is an ideal plant for people who have little time because it requires very little care other than the basics. This explains how to care for rosemary so that your plant is kept in perfect condition.

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Rosemary is a perfect plant for giving color and life to any patio or terrace throughout the year. It is also important to note the various health properties of rosemary which can help to improve numerous ailments. It is also an ideal plant if you have little time, as it needs very little care.

Apart from needing water and feeding it in spring with a slow release granular fertilizer, you need to chop back the plant stems when the flowers begin to fade, because that will keep the plant compact.

How to Care for Rosemary - Step 1

You don't have to be an experienced gardener to cultivate and care for rosemary. It is a plant that can take any shape you want. If you do not want it to grow in an untidy fashion, you can prune it any way you like and even give it a defined shape. Rosemary can grow up to 2 meters in height, so you can get creative and prune it as you wish, although do so with caution so it doesn't lose its compact structure. It should be stressed that pruning is voluntary. It is enough to simply remove dried parts and remove the tips in spring so it stays glossy and encourages new growth.

How to Care for Rosemary - Step 2

When planting rosemary plants, you need to consider the type of soil as it's important to have good drainage. While it is true that the plant is strong and flexible and can adapt to any type of soil, preferably avoid it sitting in any standing water. It particularly needs a good amount of fertilizer, especially during the warmer seasons of spring and summer. When it comes to fertilizer, a complete mixture of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is recommended each year when the plant starts growing again.

How to Care for Rosemary - Step 3

When it comes to light, rosemary needs direct sunlight but special care must be taken that it is not exposed to wind. Before growing it, make sure you plant it in an area which isn't too draughty. Rosemary needs watering in moderation. When it comes to irrigation, rosemary prefers dry land, not moist soil. Care should be taken to avoid soaking it too much and avoid leaving puddles because the plant doesn't tolerate excess moisture very well. It needs watering most during the growing and flowering seasons.

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