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Growing Rosemary Indoors

Written by Mindy on June 28th, 2017

A few years ago, my dad bought two of those “rosemary Christmas trees.” They started out looking great but……..after a month my dad’s began to look sick. Some of the needles turned black while others just fell off. He kept watering the “rosemary Christmas tree” and evidently all the needles fell off and he threw the plant away.

rosemaryMy “rosemary Christmas tree” did not follow suit. How did I do it? Well, follow my tips below. While I know you are not purchasing a “rosemary Christmas tree” right now, you may be in the need to move your rosemary to a new location when the weather is not conducive to planting.

First, when you take your rosemary home, mind the temperature. While I keep my house around 70 during the day, I needed to find a room that had a south facing window that also was kept on the cool side. What is the definition of “on the cool side” when it comes to rosemary? Well the answer is never below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and preferably between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. As you can tell, this environment was not going to be for me but……I do have an unheated garage attached to my house. This is where my “rosemary Christmas tree” found a home until my local frost free date had passed.

Second, requirement is light. Some people find that placing their rosemary on a south facing windowsill works wonderfully. On the other hand, others use grow lights. I have found that my south facing window in my attached garage is enough to keep my rosemary happy and well.

Lastly is the watering requirement. In my expert opinion, this is where my dad made his mistake when it came to his “rosemary Christmas tree.” First, the container that the rosemary was planted in was plastic. This is a big mistake when it comes to the rosemary plant. This herb cannot stand wet feet. If you have a tendency to overwater, a plastic container is the death to a plant. A better choice is a terra cotta pot. This clay container is porous along as it is left unpainted. The porous nature allows the soil to dry out, which is wonderful to prevent wet feet and/or root rot.

The other point when comes to watering is only water when the soil feels dry. The easiest way to tell is to poke your finger down into the soil to the largest knuckle on your hand. Pull that finger straight up. If it comes out covered with soil then do not water. On the other hand, if it comes out clean then water.

Following these tips will help you grow rosemary indoors successfully.


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