Rosmarinus officinalis

Romarin    Rosemary   Romero   Rosmarin

Crop Rotation Group :Miscellaneousrosemary

Soil :Any average, well drained soil enriched with compost.

Position : Sun or partial shade.

Frost tolerant : Hardy only to about 10 degrees F, though winter protection can help. Where winters are mild, rosemary can grow into huge, shrub-like plants. In cold winter areas, small plants can be potted up in fall and grown through winter indoors.


Helps: Cabbage, beans, brassicas, carrots, thyme
Helped by:
bean beetle


Sow and Plant :Start with a purchased plant, keeping in mind that growth habit varies with variety. Trailing rosemary for walls, or dwarf varieties for containers, are propagated by rooting stem cuttings rather than from seeds. Wild Mediterranean rosemary can be grown from seeds or plants.

Germination:  18-24 days

Spacing : Plant near: beans, cabbage, carrots
Spacing : Single Plants: 7″ (20cm) each way; Rows: 7″ (20cm) with 7″ (20cm) row gap

Feeding : Drench plants with a water soluble organic plant food one month after setting them out.

Harvesting :Gather sprigs as needed in the kitchen. Gather stems for drying from spring to late summer.

Time to harvest: days

Troubleshooting :Plants are often short-lived, so root stem cuttings each spring to always have vigorous young plants. Treat small outbreaks of powdery mildew with a spray made from 2 Tablespoons milk in 1 cup water.

Notes :Frequent pinching back helps to keep plants bushy and full, and it delays flowering. Trailing rosemary is great cascading over a wall.
Repels bean beetles, cabbage moths, and carrot flies.
Deters cabbage flies, repels many bean parasites