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Edibles Grow Sheets


  • Scientific Name
    Rosmarinus officinalis
  • General Information

    Rosemary is a sun-loving, low-water, evergreen shrub that blooms in winter and spring. There are many cultivars, from low-growing up to 6 feet tall. It is easy to grow, takes heat, and it’s deer proof.

  • When to Plant

    Best planted in spring through early summer, but in Marin’s temperate climate it can be planted anytime.

  • Planting

    Transplant starts or propagate by cutting. Requires full sun.

  • Soil Requirements

    Grow in light, loamy, well-drained soil.

  • Water Requirements

    Rosemary is exceptionally drought tolerant. Allow soil to dry out in between watering. Over watered rosemary develops brown leaf tips, a likely sign of root rot.

  • Fertilizing

    No fertilizer required.

  • Pollination

    Pollinated by bees and other beneficial insects.

  • Harvesting

    Harvest regularly and pinch back the stems to below bloom. Flowers are edible too. 

  • Storage

    Rosemary sprigs can be dried by hanging them upside down in a cool, dark place. This keeps the volatile oils in the leaves. Once dry, strip leaves from stems and store them in jars until next season’s harvest.

  • Good Varieties for Marin

    Many cultivars are available with varying scents. ‘Tuscan Blue’ and ‘Shady Acres’ are known for flavor. For cooking, avoid varieties like ‘Arp’ that are high in camphor oil, unpleasant to taste. 

  • Helpful Tips

    Avoid over watering. Pea gravel is an effective mulch. Should thrips or spider mites attack, spray plants with water once a week until pest is eliminated. If rosemary plant suddenly wilts, replace the plant, monitor watering, improve soil drainage, and increase air flow circulation with regular pruning. 

  • Common Problems
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  • Pests- Diseases & More
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