How to grow
- Type: Perennial, evergreen, woody.
- Light: Full sun to part shade.
- Soil: Well drained.
- Water: Drought tolerant, likes well drained soil. No summer water required once established.
- Size: Varies depending on cultivar.
When to plant/propagate
- From seed: Sow seeds indoors 10 weeks before outdoor planting date.
- Transplants: Water regularly first year until plant becomes established. Can survive temperatures as low as 15 deg F.
- Cuttings: Propagate from cuttings of non-flowering branches in early summer, or layer established low branches by burying in a trench during the rainy season.
- Snip the needle-like leaves off the woody stems.
- Can be harvested year round.
- Rosemary can be grown as an indoor plant with a minimum of 5 hours of bright light from a sunny window, or with supplemental light from fluorescent or LED lamps for 14 to 16 hours a day.
Common pests & diseases
- Rosmarinus - Rosemary, UCCE Master Gardeners of Sonoma County
- Rosemary - Managing Pests in Gardens and Landscapes, UCANR Integrated Pest Management Program
Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*
- Culinary rosemary: Blue Spires, Tuscan Blue
- Container rosemary: Herb Cottage is a dwarf variety suitable for containers
* Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.