Set out rosemary in spring, planting seedlings 2 to 3 feet apart; you can also plant in fall in zone 8 and south. Plants are slow growing at first, but pick up speed in their second year. While rosemary tolerates partial shade, it prefers full sun and light, well-drained soil with a pH between 6 and 7.
Instead of purchasing a new rosemary plant every year or starting new plants from seeds, try growing your own from stem cuttings. It is easy to propagate rosemary. Rosemary is an outstanding perennial performer!
You can create new rosemary plants for free using this simple propagating technique. All you need is a 10-15 rosemary sprig, a pot, propagating potting mix, a plastic bag, and a rubber band.
First, strip the leaves from the lowest 4cm of stem. Then insert the cutting into a pot of propagating mix. You can use one pot for multiple cuttings, just ensure they are spaced at least 5-10cm apart.
Water the cuttings, then cover the pot with a plastic bag and secure it with a rubber band. Position it in dappled shade for a few weeks so roots can grow.
Once the roots have formed, you can divide the cuttings and plant them in larger pots or into the ground. Wait a few months before harvesting the leaves to allow the plant to get established.
Rosemary Companion Plants
Plant rosemary near cabbage, beans, carrots, and sage. Rosemary deters cabbage moth, bean beetles, and carrot fly.
In the kitchen, use for poultry, lamb, and tomato dishes, stews, soups, and vegetables. Also, rosemary, when finely chopped, works well in breads and custards.