Fragrant leaves flavor meats, poultry and potatoes.
Rosemary is an essential ingredient for holiday turkeys, but it adds wonderful flavor to meats, other poultry and vegetables too. It also makes a good addition to potpourris. Start seed early indoors. Plants tolerate light frost; set outside early. Perennial. Zones 7-10.
Start rosemary seeds indoors about 10 weeks before last anticipated frost. Sow seeds 1/4" deep in seed starting formula and keep evenly moist. Place containers in a south facing window or under grow lights until seedlings emerge. Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days at 70¿F.
How to Grow
Before transplanting outdoors acclimate plants by moving to sheltered location outside for one week, Plant outdoors after danger of last spring frost, setting plants 18" apart. Rosemary plants thrive in average, well-drained soil and full sun. In cold-winter areas, grow rosemary in pots so you can bring it indoors for the winter.
Snip off sprigs of rosemary as needed, beginning 90 days after transplant. The fresh, frozen, or dried leaves are great for seasoning poultry, beef, fish, lamb, and pork; chop them before adding them to food. Sprinkle the fresh flowers over salads. Shrubby rosemary plants look great in the garden and in container plantings.