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How to Grow Rosemary

Growing Rosemary in Containers, Gardens &Allotments

Latin Name Rosmarinus officinalis
Type of Plant Perennial  evergreen
Suitable for Containers, Garden Beds, Allotments

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Plant Dimensions

Height up to 2m/6.6 ft  if left unchecked - Spread Many feet if left unchecked


Growing in containers restricts the plant's height and spread

Where to Sow

Indoors/Outdoors thinly  in small pots  7.5cm/3" diameter. 

Outdoors in open ground

Sowing time

Indoors February/April - temperature   +16C/61F.  

Outdoors - after the last frost. 

A very  slow germinator. Up to 30 days

How to Sow

Sow seeds 2.5cm/1"apart,  6mm/¼" deep.

After Germination

Keep compost moist but not very wet. 

Growing on -  in Pots

When 2.5cm/1" thin/transplant to 1 plant per 7.5cm/3" pot. Harden off plants which have been raised indoors and finally move outdoors once all danger of frost has passed.

Growing on- in ground

When 2.5cm/1 inch thin or plant out  to 40cm/18-inches apart


Harvest the leaves as necessary. Also mature whole stems can be cut which are particularly useful as skewers for meat kebabs.


Leaves can be used fresh or dried.

Companion Planting

In the Kitchen

Plant near to cabbage, beans, carrots

Repels Cabbage Butterflies, Bean Beetle, Carrot Fly


Goes particularly well with lamb and vegetables e.g. potatoes

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