Rosemarinus officinalis

A beautiful evergreen perennial shrub, rosemary has narrow, aromatic green leaves that are reminiscent of pine. It is used for seasoning meats, savoury dishes, roasted potatoes, and baking. It prefers light, sandy soil mixed with lime and south-facing planting area. To protect plants from winterkill, trim back. This will encourage new branching in the spring.

Rosemary is a great companion to beans, Brassicas (broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, etc.), and carrots.

HarvestingSnip fresh rosemary leaves as needed. If harvesting for drying: before the plant blooms, cut stems back to a few inches above the point when growth has become woody. Do not cut more than one-quarter of the plant’s growth at a time.
StoringHang stems in an airy place to dry or lay them to dry on a rack. Strip leaves and store in airtight containers.
Maturity85 days
Height36 - 60" (91 - 152 cm)
Spacing24 - 36” (61 - 91 cm)
LightFull Sun
SoilLight, organic and well draining
pH Range6.0 to 7.0
WateringEvenly moist
FertilizingBalanced fertilizer at time of planting; side-dress with compost to encourage continued growth
Nutrients RequiredNitrogen=moderate-high, Phosphorus=high, Potassium=moderate-high

Varieties Listing

Tried & True Lemon Balm

Tried & True Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis.  Lemon Balm is an easy-to-grow herb with citrus lemon fragrance and a distinctive lemon minty flavour.  The oval, toothed leaves look similar to mint and may be mistaken for it at first glance. Lemon Balm is easy to grow and spreads vigorously so some may want to grow the herb… Read more »

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