How to Grow and Care for Rosemary in Containers

Rosemary herb

Intro: The rosemary plant, with its tiny blue/purple flowers, can grow up to 4 feet tall in kitchen gardens, but it can be kept small (and even shaped into a topiary) through pruning. Rosemary leaves can be used in cooking, and is said that its smell can help with memory. This aromatic container plant can also attract butterflies to your balcony garden.


Scientific Name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Plant Type: Herb, shrub

Light: Partial shade to full sun

Propagation: Propagating the rosemary plant with seeds takes months, so the easiest way is to take cuttings from the mother plant. Cut 2 to 3 inches off a rosemary stem and remove the leaves off the bottom two-thirds of the stem (make sure to leave a few leaves). Put the rosemary cuttings in a small plant container and cover it with a plastic bag to keep in moisture. Once new growth appears, it can be placed in full sun in your kitchen garden.

Misc. Info: Let it dry thoroughly between waterings.


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