Tips for Growing Rosemary

Updated on January 23, 2018

Rosemary Is an Easy-to-Grow Perennial

If you are looking for an easy herb to start your herb garden, in my humble opinion, you can never go wrong with rosemary. Rosemary is one of my all-time favorite herbs because it is so easy to care for as well as use. I have grown this herb for many years with great success. If you are a beginner, this is the perfect herb to start your herb garden with.

Herbs are my favorite thing to grow because they are so rewarding. From using rosemary for a recipe to using it for beauty products for myself or gifts for friends and loved ones, the possibilities from just this one plant are endless. If you give rosemary a little love, it gives it back ten fold.

About Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly known as rosemary, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, soft needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region. It is a member of the mint family. The name "rosemary" derives from the Latin for "dew" (ros) and "sea" (marinus), or "dew of the sea". The plant is also sometimes called called anthos, from the ancient Greek word ἄνθος, meaning "flower".

Harvested Rosemary & Sage

summer harvest of Rosemary, Sage & Lavender 2017
summer harvest of Rosemary, Sage & Lavender 2017 | Source

Rosemary Herb Growing Tips

  1. Choose a good spot to plant your Rosemary. A great tip for a good spot to plant is a spot that has some coverage from wind as well as protection from the cold during the cold winter months. As long as you live in zones 6-10, you can grow your rosemary outdoors year round. Rosemary is a perennial & will come back for a few years if it is well cared for. Other colder zones may have to move plants indoors to get it to over winter.
  2. Rosemary likes certain soil types. Well drained soil, a PH of between 6 & 7 is preferable for growing Rosemary.
  3. Be patient and you will see results. My new rosemary plants do not grow as much in the first year as I would like but by the second year, they grow a lot more & I am very impressed with my second year growth as compared to my first year's growth. Don't be to disappointed with your rosemary plants the first year. Be patient & hang in there. They do grow more in the second year.
  4. Add a slow-release fertilizer when you plant & once again in the spring to help your plants to thrive.
  5. Rosemary is pretty hardy although white flies, snails, spider mites, and mealybugs can be pests to your plants—so can powdery mildew and root rot in more humid areas. To prevent mildew and rot, be sure your plants have good drainage and good air circulation. There are some really great all natural pests controls you can use if you experience any of the pests named above.I myself find that my Rosemary is one of the most hardy herb plants in my herb garden.
  6. Rosemary can be harvested & used at any time. I have harvested Rosemary just this last week in January 2018. I know its seems crazy to have fresh Rosemary in January but none the less I cut some & used it fresh for dinner. This is one of the main reasons I love growing fresh Rosemary in my herb garden.
  7. Mulch can help retain moister. I like to mulch in the Spring when everything begins to grow back.

Rosemary Can Be Air Dried or Oven Dried

Rosemary Oven Drying Prep
Rosemary Oven Drying Prep | Source

Fresh Cut Rosemary

Fresh cut Rosemary for dinner January 2018.
Fresh cut Rosemary for dinner January 2018. | Source

Harvesting Fresh Rosemary

Harvesting Rosemary is very simple. I like to use a small pair of scissors that I use only for my herb harvesting & nothing else. Everyone knows I have a special set of herb scissors that are off limits for anything other than my herbs.

Methods Of Preserving Rosemary

Oven Drying Rosemary
Bagged Air Drying Rosemary
Hanging Air Drying Rosemary
Freezing Rosemary
Rinse Rosemary thoroughly
Rinse Rosemary thoroughly
Rinse Rosemary thoroughly
Rinse Rosemary thoroughly
Allow Rosemary to drain & air dry
Allow Rosemary to drain & air dry
Allow Rosemary to drain & air dry
Allow Rosemary to drain & air dry
Cut Rosemary into smaller stem pieces then place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet without over lapping turn on oven to the lowest setting until it preheats place herbs in oven turn oven off then check after 1 hour repeat until completely dried
Place Rosemary into brown paper bag, roll top down, place in cool dry area Once dried transfer to preferred container for use
Hang Rosemary sprigs tied together & hung in small bunches at any length in a warm dry area with low humidity & good air flow Once dried transfer to preferred container for use
Remove Rosemary from the stalks, use in olive oil or butter mix well & place in a small container, plastic bags or an herb tray. Line an ice cube tray with pieces of plastic wrap, place in freezer until frozen then transfer to plastic bags or preferred container for use

Fresh Rosemary is so Fragrant

Air drying Rosemary on a towel
Air drying Rosemary on a towel | Source

Rosemary Potatoes Ingredient List

  • 8-10 Small Red Potatoes, Sliced
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Rosemary, Coarsely Chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil

Rosemary Potatoes

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut potatoes into small slices add all ingredients into a bowl to toss potatoes in then place on a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 30-45 minutes until desired crispiness.


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