Care and Planting Instructions

Rosemary likes dry to average, well-drained soil. Space plants 18-24” 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 24-30”.

In the summer, fertilize potted 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.

Attracts honeybees. Deer resistant, repels carrot flies outdoors and moths indoors.

Rosemary, Spice Island
rosmarinus officinalis

Spice Island is a pungent flavored Rosemary, wonderful for cooking and a beautiful specimen plant. Its distinct upright habit, bluish flowers, and wonderfully fragrant foliage make this an ideal plant for topiaries. ‘Spice Island’ is perfect for pots. Bring indoors for winter to enjoy the fresh herb year-round.

Use with meats, potatoes, and herbed breads. This is a frequently used culinary Rosemary. Its scent is complex, with a hint of cloves and nutmeg. Spice Island Rosemary is commonly dried and ground to sell as dried rosemary in stores. It works well fresh as well.

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.