Rosemary Plant

Self-Herb: Rosemary – how to grow, harvest, propagate, and dry

The great thing about rosemary is that it is very easy to grow – the plant is even considered to be pest-resistant! Another big advantage is definitely that rosemary is evergreen and therefore a beautiful kitchen herb for your windowsill as well as a natural room scent with its aromatic fragrance.

In this blog post I will list a few easy steps how to cultivate and how to propagate a rosemary herb. One single plant is enough to endlessly harvest rosemary needles with the following simple tricks.

Location

  • as rosemary is originally from in the Mediterranean region, it likes it pretty warm – but the plant also easily survives in colder climates
  • rosemary can be cultivated in pots indoors or outdoors, on your balcony or in your garden (where it will also have some pest control effect for other plants)
  • make sure your rosemary is located in a sunny and bright position
  • if grown in a pot, provide good drainage, as its roots don’t like waterlogging; repot your rosemary plant into a clay pot so the water can vaporize better and waterlogging is further prevented
  • good neighbors to plant rosemary together with are sage, thyme, and lavender

Cultivation

  • extremely easy πŸ™‚
  • rosemary can survive longer times of drought and only needs to be watered sparsely; it grows best under dry conditions
  • if your rosemary plant loses its needles or the branches are hanging down, check first if the soil is too wet before you add more water
  • the plant doesn’t need to be fertilized much – once a year is enough; add e.g. some compost in springtime
  • mix a bit of sand into your usual potting soil so the soil is airy enough

Harvest

  • harvest time is year-round – even during and after the flowering time
  • when used directly, you can harvest the rosemary at all times of the day; when you want to dry it, see dry
  • cut full stems rather than single needles and use a sharp knife or scissors
  • try to make the cut as close to the woody part of the branch as possible, so that new stems can sprout

Rosemary Stems

Propagation

Seeding rosemary is pretty tricky, so the best way to propagate it is to get a cutting from an existing plant:

1Simply clip a shoot from a soft new stem (cut well above the woody part of the plant); the cutting should be about 5-10 cm/2-4 in long.β€œ2”Strip a few leaves at the bottom of the cut stem, about 1-2 cm/0.5 in.

β€œ3”Plant the cutting directly into soil.

β€œ4”Put the plant pot in a warm place.

β€œ5”Always keep the soil moist, but not too wet.

β€œ6”The cutting will start to develop its roots now; as soon as the plant grows new needles on top, you know that the roots have been fully developed (you can now repot the plant if you want).

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Preserve

You can either deep-freeze or dry your rosemary to preserve it.

Rosemary can be freezed without losing any of its flavor. You can freeze the needles or the entire stems. When deep-freezing the entire stem, the needles can be easily removed from the branch after the freeze.

Dry: Rosemary also won’t lose its intense flavor during the drying process, which makes it the perfect herb to use dried!
Here’s how you dry your rosemary:

1Preferably harvest the rosemary around noon and after a few days without rain (if planted outdoors), so the herb is already dry enough and moldiness is prevented. Also don’t wash the branches, as this would favor mold as well.

β€œ2”Harvest entire, healthy stems to get a sufficient amount of needles by cutting them off with a sharp knife or scissors.

β€œ3”Remove brown and damaged needles.

β€œ4”Tie together a few stems at their ends with a cord.

β€œ5”Hang up the small bunches upside down; don’t hang them too closely to each other so that enough air can circulate. Choose a dark, warm and dry location and avoid direct sunlight.

β€œ6”The rosemary will be dry after 2-3 weeks, when the stems and needles are brittle and cannot be bend anymore.

β€œ7”Pick the needles from the stem and shred them with a mortar or in a blender.

β€œ8”Store the rosemary seasoning in a lockable container (e.g. in a screw top jar) and keep it in a dark and cool place.

Rosemary Bunch

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