Rosemary likes dry to average, well-drained soil. Space plants 10-20” apart. It prefers a sheltered position such as on the south or southwest side of a wall or foundation. It tolerates part shade, but the flavor of the plant may be weakened if it doesn’t get enough sun. Easy to grow, it does not require extra watering. Plant height is 24-48”.
In the summer, fertilize plants after the flowers have appeared. Keep trimmed for a more lush appearance. Prune the plants after flowering. As with all varieties of Rosemary, it performs very well in pots and may be brought indoors for winter use. Drought tolerant.
Rosemary, Common rosmarinus officinalis Taurentius
Rosemary has been known since the misty origins of European culture, not only for its cosmetic, medicinal and symbolic value, but as the dominant spice in a huge variety of foods. Rosemary bread, rosemary potatoes, rosemary chicken…the list goes on and on. Its pungent flavor is particularly delicious combined with most meats, and with vinegars and garlic.
Rosemary is easy to grow, and does not require extra watering. In a sunny location it will thrive, and produce large amounts of beautiful pure blue flowers. It responds well to trimming and can be shaped like an evergreen bush. In warmer climates rosemary is an evergreen and grows to be a very large bush or can be trimmed like a small tree. The rosemary plant originates in the Mediterranean region and means ‘dew of the sea’ in Latin.
Rosemary may be used dry or fresh. For fresh use, pick early in the morning for the highest oil content. Leaves, tips and flowers can all be used. Chop finely or tie stems together and remove before serving to infuse flavor.
For longer term storage, cut whole stems and tie bunches together in small batches. Hang in a dry location out of the sun that will receive plenty of air. Rosemary leaves may also be dried on screens in a dry, shady location. Simply strip the leaves from the stems and scatter on drying screens. Stir occasionally to help even drying. Do not use heat to dry rosemary as the oils can be volatile. Store in air-tight containers in a dry, dark location.
Rosemary may also be frozen using the ice cube method in water or olive oil.