How to Grow and Care for Rosemary

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Rosemary is a beautiful, aromatic plant that you can grow at home. It is one of the easiest herbs to grow and thrive in almost any garden. You can use rosemary is for decoration and seasoning dishes. Here is a discussion on the available varieties, how to grow and care for rosemary plants at home.

The Different Types of Rosemary

There are different varieties of rosemary plants that you can grow at home. Here are some of the most popular types:

Rosemary “Benenden Blue”

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This is a bushy aromatic variety with narrow and dark green leaves. It bears bright blue flowers in late spring, early summer, and at times in autumn. This type is native to the Mediterranean. It thrives in sandy soil, but it can tolerate most soil conditions, provided they are not water-logged. 

It can grow up to one meter high, and it blossoms when planted in full sun. You can prune it by picking its leaves which you can for culinary.

Blue Lady Rosemary

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This variety is commonly grown for ornamental and culinary purposes. Its narrow aromatic leaves produce blue-violet flowers that attract bees and other pollinators to your compound. Its flowers generously bloom during the winter months.

Grow it in containers or a garden with well-draining soil and adequate sunlight. Under the right conditions, this variety can grow several feet tall.

Mrs. Howard Rosemary

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It is a tender perennial plant that mainly grows in full sun, and it can attain a height of up to 27 inches. The size of this variety sets it apart from other species of trailing rosemary. 

You can grow Mrs. Howard Rosemary in full sunlight, and it will bear light blue flowers several times of the year. Besides its blooming flowers, this variety produces a spicy scent which makes it ideal for cooking.

Rosemary Gorizia

This large, robust rosemary species originates from Gorizia, a town in Italy. Its size is twice that of typical rosemary plants; it can grow to about 4 feet high. This unique rosemary spots large and light lavender-blue blooms along its unpruned stems when flowering in spring and summer. 

Plant rosemary Gorizia in a well-draining soil portable container and place it where it gets full sun. However, you will need to take it indoors when winter sets in. Because of its strong rosemary fragrance, its leaves are perfect for preparing meat and soup, while its upright and stiff stem is a good barbeque skewer.

Rosemary Pink-Flowered Majorca

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This is a showy variety that produces lovely pink flowers, and it can grow up to 18 inches in height. It has dull green leaves that are loosely attached to its thick stem. Majorca is a perfect alternative to the traditional blue rosemary. You can also use this variety for cooking, thanks to the fruity fragrance from its leaves.

Majorca thrives in full sun and is tolerant to poor soil, dry weather, and moderate frost levels.

Rosemary Plants Care and Maintenance  

Most rosemary varieties are relatively easy to grow; they thrive in full sun. However, if you intend to keep them indoors, ensure they get at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. To encourage bushy growth, trim them after flowering. Use the cuttings to propagate new plants.

Growing Rosemary

Rosemary plants are easy to grow. Get the cuttings of your favorite variety and propagate them. Dip the cuttings into a rooting hormone before propagating them for easy rooting. Alternatively, you can plant rosemary from its seeds.

Rosemary Growth Conditions


Rosemary requires well-draining soil. If you’re planting them in a pot, ensure it is draining.


Rosemary loves moderate watering; you can do it once in two weeks. Ensure the soil doesn’t stay dry for long, and you should also avoid overwatering it.

Pests and Diseases

Most varieties of rosemary are resistant to pests and diseases. However, you can apply an organic or inorganic pesticide if pests appear. Apply proper fungicides when there is a fungal infection.


Growing rosemary at home can be made very easy. It is not too demanding and can handle little neglect. Introduce it today in your garden to enjoy its aroma and ornamental properties.

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