Live Rosemary Grown Year Round in Calgary, AB
The potent, woody scent of rosemary is instantly recognizable by chefs and home cooks around the world. There is no flavor quite like cuttings from a live rosemary plant. This woodsy aromatic herb has notes of evergreen, citrus, lavender, pine, sage, pepper, mint, and sage. Unlike more fragile herbs, this sturdy ingredient holds up extremely well to heat and long cooking times. The longer rosemary is cooked in liquid, the stronger the flavor becomes. Rosemary is a very potent herb so remember that a little goes a long way when cooking.
Rosemary is easy to care for and requires lots of sun and heat with minimal watering. A high-quality soil with good drainage is the key to success when growing rosemary.
Caring For Your Live Rosemary Plant
Day to Maturity: 120-180 days
Height: 24-60 Inches (20-150 cm)
Spacing: 8-24 Inches (20-60 cm)
Light: Full Sun for at least 6 hours a day. Good performance under full spectrum LED grow lights
Media Type: High quality, organic soil.
Soil Requirements: Grows best in light, well drained soil.
Watering: Keep moist to dry at and be careful not to overwater.
Fertilizing: Balanced fertilizer blend ideal
Harvesting Your Live Rosemary Plant
Step 1: For the best growth, don’t harvest your live rosemary until the plant is at least 6″ tall. Since Rosemary is a woody shrub like plant, you will need a sharp set of gardening shears to cleanly cut through the tough stems.
Step 2: Pick the rosemary sprig that you want to eat and cut a main stem towards the base of the plant. You may notice that on your rosemary plant that the stems are woody towards the base of the plant and as you move towards the tips the stem turns soft and flexible. This soft material is where the majority of the oils are stored in the plant so be sure to use these parts of the plant.
Step 3: Strip the leaves away from the stems of the cut rosemary and enjoy using in your kitchen. Place the cut plant back in a sunny location and it will be ready to cut again in a few weeks time.