Initially the purchased rosemary tree has a lovely pine shape but over time as the herb matures it outgrows those lines. When it looks dead its probably dead especially since rosemary hates having wet feet or too much water.
Just this winter I found out that Rosemary thrives in humid weather on rocky ledges where it is misted by the sea.
Plants that look like rosemary. Once you know their fragrance youll never confuse each with each other. Rosemary is woodier and more branching than lavender. It spreads quickly and will cascade neatly over a surface.
With its spiky blue flowers and pale silvery-green leaves lavender Lavendula spp closely resembles rosemary in both appearance and scent. Other uses include medicinal and decorative. This mimics the affects of over watering and increases the risk of root rot.
Additionally this herb attracts helpful pollinators like bees hummingbirds and butterflies. Lavender grows from the center base of the plant whereas rosemary branches and can kind of ramble is stiffer and tougher. The rosemary plant is typically upright with branched woody stems and leaf tufts.
If you are like me and do not live remotely close to the sea you can mimic this by misting your Rosemary plant every few days with a mixture of warm water and a 18tsp Epsom salt in a spray bottle. To cover a sun-drenched wall consider planting a prostrate form of this herb such as Rosmarinus Irene. Sometimes rosemary plants are trimmed to resemble Christmas trees or are cut into other shapes to use in landscaping.
Since rosemary is an evergreen it doesnt have seasonal changes like deciduous plants. Always plant rosemary in a pot with drainage holes in the base and avoid using a. It has done wonders for my plant.
Some great companion plants for rosemary are beans broccoli hot peppers cabbage and sage. With its spiky blue flowers and pale silvery-green leaves lavender Lavendula spp closely resembles rosemary in both appearance and scent. Rosemary can be grown from seed but germination rates are generally quite low and seedlings are slow to grow.
The stems and needles of the rosemary plant are used primarily for cooking fish or meats and as a spice for savory dishes. Any plant in the cabbage family like broccoli cauliflower and kale can benefit from having rosemary nearby. To create a cute mini double hedge in your garden grow rosemary behind a row of lettuces and trim or pick to keep it compact.
The leaves are alternate and bladelike with a glossy shade of green. Also a Meditteranean native lavenders blossoms and leaves are aromatic and pungent. It is very easy to prune the rosemary to help it maintain its tree shape.
If you arent a big fan of rosemary other herbs such as Greek Myrtle and Bay Laurel are also suitable for small living Christmas trees. A common mistake with growing rosemary is to plant it in a decorative pot or use a drip tray so the excess water does not escape after watering. Chard rosemary and tarragon are popular spices in kitchens but they are aromatic leaves and therefore classify as herbs.
It will also increase yields on carrots and beans by repelling certain beetles and carrot flies. Also a Meditteranean native lavenders blossoms and. Because of its strong aroma rosemary cases away many pests.
When to Plant Rosemary. Therefore its strongly recommended to start new rosemary plants from cuttings taken from established plants. You should avoid planting your rosemary near other herbs with the exception of sage.
Cuttings grow quickly in good conditions and should be ready for outdoor planting in about 8 weeks. Wait a little longer but its probably best to buy a new plant. And the dead giveaway is the smell.
Rosemary in proximity will prevent the rampant feeding of the larvae of these moths.