The Best Way To Grow Rosemary In Containers is by themselves or with some of their companion plants. Rosemary is part of the mint family. The small blueish flowers attract bees. I love Rosemary because it is resistant to most pests and diseases.
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What is Rosemary?
Rosemary is an evergreen plant that has a pine taste used in a lot of common Italian dishes. It grows really well with carrots, beans, sage, and cabbage. Keeping all those pests away. It is also great for getting rid of mosquitoes. When we decide to hang out around our backyard firepit I will gather a bunch up and place it on the outside of the fire. The Rosemary keeps them away from our legs so we can relax a bit more.
Planting Your Rosemary
Start your seeds indoors 10 weeks before frost ends. They should be planted 1/2″ deep. Keep your trays or cups evenly moist. I always start mine cups. It is just easier to transplant them into larger containers later. They love sandy well-drained soil. And need at least 8 hours of sun a day.
If you are using fertilizers I would recommend a 5-10-5 when starting out and then using a 10-10-10. Most of the soils I use already have food in them so I do not have to worry about it really.
I personally don’t do anything but a bit of shake and feed every month during the growing season. Once they reach 2-3″ tall and there is no chance of frost you can start to harden the plants by moving them outdoors during the day. However, bring them in at night.
Caring For Your Rosemary in Containers or Pots
- When temperature drop bring them inside
- Use Rosemary as part of your companion planting
- Use soils that can prevent over or under watering like Miracle-Gro
- Keep your plants moderately watered
- Rosemary needs at least 8 hours of sun a day
- Make sure you do not overfeed
Common Pests or Diseases When You Grow Rosemary In Containers
They are fairly resistant to diseases or pests, however, they can still get spider mites, whiteflies, and mealybugs. As for Bacterial diseases they can get mildew and root rot if overwatered.
Preserving Your Rosemary
You can freeze or dry your Rosemary leaves. Using the method of the ice cube tray by chopping some rosemary and adding some to each cube. Add some water to cover and freeze for later use.
My other favorite method for drying Rosemary is in my dehydrator or in the oven on a cookie sheet with parchment paper for 2- 4 hours on the lowest settings. I usually use 170 Degrees F.