Post by Wheelgarden on Sept 27, 2018 20:34:03 GMT -5
I tried and tried for years to grow rosemary, one of my favorite herbs, and failed miserably. My grandson planted two big ornamentals, and they have thrived. Beautiful, but they're not the good culinary sort.
Ah, but fortunately,
Mom has the key
For the best cookin' rosemary.
Gotta have it for potatoes, and I'm craving rosemary biscuits real bad.
"Adopt the pace of Nature: her secret is patience." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rosemary plants are sold at grocery stores for growing on windowsills. I bought one, planted it in the yard, and had a nice plant until the severe cold last winter. If the plant dies, I'll get another and start over.
Post by pepperhead212 on Sept 27, 2018 21:26:54 GMT -5
I got 3 rosemary plants from Richter's this spring, and the one I am growing in a 7 gal fabric pot is doing the best of all. I am planning on bringing it onto my back porch, and if it gets too cold, I'll bring it indoors briefly, before putting it out again. IMG_20180921_153826699 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Here is one of the plants in the ground, which you can see the size of by that brick on the ground. I was actually taking it of the Sage, and you can see how large that got! IMG_20180915_153250783 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Post by desertwoman on Sept 27, 2018 22:45:14 GMT -5
I grow Tuscan Blue rosemary. It needs less water than some, and is hardier- doing well down to about 15º. I planted a new plant last year next to the house up against a south facing wall, mulched it well and it wintered over beautifully.
That can grow to 6 ft but can be pruned hard to keep them smaller.
I think the flavor is excellent.
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005
Meanwhile, do you know of a particularly good variety for table spice?
I do not know the kinds of rosemary. From what I have read, though, the quality of rosemary depends on climate and soil. It is too hot, humid, and wet here to grow the best rosemary. I have been told that rosemary grows like a weed in Arizona.
Post by pepperhead212 on Sept 28, 2018 7:24:04 GMT -5
The variety I got from Richters.com is Hill Hardy, which they say is their mpst cold hardy, though I'll still assume 20°. Many years ago, I grew an Arp plant, which was supposed to be hardy to 0°, and it lived several winters, until it got down to 6°. Still, I never grew it again, because the flavor was not as good as the regular rosemary. The Hill Hardy is mich like the regular rosemary, that I got the plants for at local places, and the labels just said "rosemary".
I grew one plant for 13 years, then started 2 more; one eventually died, even though covered, but the other, and an air layered plant I started on it, lived about 17 years, until this last winter, when I couldn't get out to re-cover it. It is hardy to 20°,so if in places that don't get below this.
Post by SpringRain on Sept 28, 2018 16:46:19 GMT -5
I haven't grown rosemary in years, not b/c I didn't want to but b/c I didn't find a good spot for it in the garden. I did love caressing the leaves though. I used to go through the garden and rub the basil, sage, rosemary, lemon balm and mints. It was a nice fragrant walk.