Do you like the aroma of rosemary in the baked chicken? As an herb, rosemary gives special aroma for the dish. Then your smile is rising after smelling the scent of rosemary tea in the afternoon. If you love it, why don’t you try growing rosemary in your garden?
Rosemary calms down your stress because it contains rosmarinat acid as an anti-depression. Release your nerve by consuming rosemary tea every day, because it has ursolic acid to beat your anxiety. By growing rosemary, you can make the tea anytime you want.
Rosemary or Rosmarinus Officinalis can be grown in the warm area, which has temperature 30-35 Celcius degree. It is better to cultivate it in the late summer or autumn, so this vegetation receives enough sunshine. Do you want to have rosemary flowers to beautify your house? Let’s start to grow.
A. How to Plant Rosemary
1. Buy The Rosemary Seed
There are two ways to nurture rosemary, vegetative and generative. In the vegetative method, you need planting seeds and it requires more time. To fasten the period, then you can choose the generative method, growing rosemary from the cutting stem.
How to get the cutting stem? Ask your friend or a person in the community garden. After getting the stems, then cut each of it into 4 inches long. Rosemary flower that was grown up from stem has the same quality with those which cultivate from seeds. If you cannot get any stem, don’t worry. Run into the nursery to buy small plant or seedling of rosemary.
2. Remove Leaves on The Bottom Section of Stem.
Take the rosemary stem and look at the lower part. Cut the leaves carefully. You have to do it slowly and accurately because only the leaves at bottom position (around an inch from the end part of this stem) can be detached. If you don’t strip the leaves off, then rosemary will be decomposed.
3. Growing Rosemary.
Take a pot and fill it with rough sand and peat moss with ratio 2:1. Rosemary needs sunshine to be grown, so you have to put the pots on the sunny place, but you may not locate it on the direct sunlight. This plantation needs to be irrigated regularly, and you have to wait around 3 weeks to wait for the growing roots.
To keep rosemary warm, take a plastic bag and put the pot inside of it. You should make holes on the top side of the plastic, so the plantation will grow safely. After that, take root powder and dip the tips of rosemary stem, so it will get enough nutrition.
4. Plant The Rosemary Sprout.
After the root was grown, you can move the seedling into the garden, or in the bigger pot. Many people like growing rosemary by themselves, because it is a strong plant and easy to adapt in any situation. Rosemary can be nurtured in sunny, windy, or even snowy days, but the best place to put rosemary is on the hot climate.
You can grow rosemary in the garden or pot, but if you live in a cold climate area, it is better to grow rosemary in the pot. The main reason is, if the weather is getting worse, you can move it quickly.
If you choose to cultivate rosemary in the garden, pot the cutting up to get more roots. You will need waterlogged soil, so make sure that you have perfect irrigation there. Then, rosemary’s scent will be produced better in alkaline soil.
B. Tips For Growing Rosemary Indoors in Winter
1. Put Rosemary Pot Inside the House
Snow is falling, oh no! Take your rosemary pots outside, as soon as possible. Rosemary can survive in cold and extreme weather, but if you want them to grow well, you should place the plant inside. That’s why if you live in 4 seasons area, you should put the rosemary stem inside a pot, so you can move it quickly.
2. Avoid Humid Area
Inside the house, do not put rosemary pots near humid areas, such as the bathroom or laundry room. Then, turn on the fan in low mode of blowing to give air circulation to them. Remember that rosemary stems need sunlight, so it’s better to put the pots near the window. You can also make fake sunlight by a fluorescent light bulb.
C. How to Harvest and Storage Rosemary
1. Harvest Time
What is the best phase after growing rosemary? Harvest time! You should wait until rosemary is blooming, then cut it with scissor carefully. Crop it slowly in the morning. Do not trim all leaves in the same time. Keep some plant, so it can grow well, and you can cut it in any other day. You can also cut only 2 or 3 stems of rosemary to make your steak’s flavour tastier.
2. Storage the Rosemary
There are 3 ways to keep rosemary dry, so you can take a pinch of it to make rosemary tea quickly. You can put it in the freezer, bake it, or dry it by hanging the stems.
Cut some rosemary stems and put it in a plastic box. Move it inside the freezer and wait, it will be dried slowly. With this way, you can use dried rosemary leaves as herb, without trim the sprigs in the garden. Growing rosemary and dry it after harvest time makes you happy, right?
Take 8 sprigs of rosemary and a rubber band, tie it carefully. Hang rosemary in a dry and windy place, such as terrace and attic. You can put a bundle of rosemary inside a brown paper bag to avoid dirtyness.
Cut stems of rosemary and clean it carefully, then take a clean baking sheet. Before putting the rosemary stems, take a piece of baking paper as a base and place it regularly. Rosemary will be dried perfectly inside the oven. After this process, move it into a clean bottle or sealware.
If you live in a humid area, the most troubleshooting of growing rosemary is powdery mildew. Other problems that cause the death of rosemary stems are mealybugs, spider mites, white flies, rot root, and scale. You have to be careful of extreme and super windy cold weather, it can break the rosemary stems also.
Growing rosemary is fun and needs only seeds or stems, soil, and pots. You can cultivate it inside the pot to avoid snow, so you will take it as quick as possible in extreme weather. Rosemary can be grown in any condition, but it is better to check the alkali degree of soil. After harvesting time, dry rosemary sprigs inside the freezer or oven.
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