Aromatic plants

Planting rosemary

What is rosemary

Rosemary is a spontaneous shrub belonging to the Lamiaceae family. It has deep and resistant roots, just like its particular leaves and reaches, in most cases, heights between half a meter and three meters. As is well known, it is a plant widely used in the food sector, especially to flavor foods such as roasts, vegetables, focaccia and potatoes. In addition, rosemary is widely used in the cosmetics sector and, thanks to the therapeutic properties of its leaves, it stands out as a medicinal plant. The essential oil of rosemary is extracted from the leaves, which acts both as an inflammatory and an antispasmodic. In addition to the aforementioned uses, rosemary is often used in gardens as a hedge or as an ornamental plant.

Where to grow rosemary


Rosemary is an extremely simple shrub to grow and transplant, even in domestic environments. Being a very resistant plant, no particular climatic conditions are required to favor its development, even if it is preferable to reserve, for its cultivation, a sunny and not excessively cold place, possibly sheltered by walls. Rosemary can be transplanted into most soils and is not afraid of insects. It also lends itself to being grown near the sea, as it does not suffer from salt or sea breeze. In the summer period, rosemary tends to decrease, and in some cases even temporarily stop its vegetation. The flowers, present at any time of the year, can take on different colors, from pink to blue.

Transplant the rosemary into a vase


First of all it is necessary to choose a vase of generous dimensions. The best time to plant rosemary is spring, but sowing can also take place during the rest of the year. The most recommended method is that of cutting, which can be done using a branch of rosemary taken from another plant. Subsequently it is necessary to bury the branch in the vase, creating a mixture of earth, coarse sand and peat. Although rosemary takes root better on dry soils, immediately after transplanting it, abundant watering is necessary, without exceeding and decreasing the intensity with the passing of the days. When growing the shrub on a pot, pay attention to the size of the same and to the growth of the plant, carrying out constant pruning.

Planting rosemary in the garden


If, on the other hand, you opt to transplant rosemary in the garden, the plant will be able to complete its full development. In this case, watering may be less frequent, since rainwater is sufficient for the shrub. For planting there is no need to fertilize the soil, while constant pruning is required, especially if the shrub has been transplanted for ornamental purposes. The sprigs of rosemary collected to be used in the kitchen or in other areas, should be stored in a dry and cool place. The collection of leaves can take place at any time of the year, even if the most suitable season is spring, whose mild climate favors their growth. The leaves can be used immediately after harvest and, alternatively, they can be dried.

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