Basics

Ease of Growing
Moderate
Grown as
Perennial
Growing Habit
Bush
Hardiness
Hardy

In zones 8 through 10, where winters are mild and the ground doesn't freeze, Rosemary will grow happily over several years into a big 3 to 4' shrub. In zones 3 through 7 where winters are colder, plant seedlings into large pots to enjoy throughout spring and summer. When weather gets cold and frost threatens, prune plants back heavily and bring pots inside to spend the winter indoors in a cool, well-lit area; water very sparingly while plants are overwintering indoors. In spring, when danger of frost is over and weather is settled, move potted plants back outside to a sunny spot.

Crops
Spring Transplant
Growing Season
Short, Long
Cultivar Type
-
Growing Conditions
Cold, Cool, Warm, Hot

Plant rosemary in a sunny spot that has well drained soil that isn't very rich in nutrients. Very drought tolerant once established, water regularly the first year then be careful not to over water. Rosemary thrives in various soil types, but won't survive in extreme cold.

Outdoor Growing Temp
50°F - 90°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp
45°F

Wait until your soil has warmed up in mid-Spring until you sow Rosemary seeds. Potted plants can be planted anytime.

Start Indoors
Yes
Start Outdoors
No
Light
Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool, Warm, Hot)

Rosemary likes a sheltered position with full sun, but will tolerate light shade.

Water
Low

Rosemary can survive without irrigation for months.

Feeder
Light

Rosemary thrives in soil that is not too rich in nutrients.

Suitability
Drought tolerant, Tolerates light frost, High heat
Small Gardens?
Yes
Containers?
Yes

All zones can grow Rosemary in pots, but if you live in zones 3 through 7 where winters are colder, plant seedlings into large pots to enjoy throughout spring and summer. When weather gets cold and frost threatens, prune plants back heavily and bring pots inside to spend the winter indoors in a cool, well-lit area; water very sparingly while plants are overwintering indoors. In spring, when danger of frost is over and weather is settled, move potted plants back outside to a sunny spot.

Choose a container that is at least 1' in diameter or 3 gallons.

Attracts beneficial insects?
Yes
Color
Fruit Size
-"
Plant Height
12.0-48.0"
Plant Diameter
12.0-24.0"
Hardiness Zone
6-10
Disease Resistance
Taste Profile

Pine-like flavor with a delicious aroma.