Rosemary Seeds - Primed
We offer Primed Rosemary seeds that will germinate faster with a much higher germination rate of up to 85% compared to normal Rosemary seeds that only germinate at 40-60%. NOTE: For your best germination results, plant primed rosemary seeds within 6 months of purchase. Use fresh or dried on poultry, meats, seafoods, and stocks.
How to Grow Rosemary From Seeds
Rosemary is a woody-stemmed plant with needle-like leaves that can commonly reach 3 feet in height, eventually stretching to 5 feet in warmer climates unless clipped. In Zone 8 and farther south, rosemary makes a good evergreen hedge, while farther north it becomes less dependable as an evergreen. In zone 6 and colder, grow it in a container to bring inside in cold weather. You can even train rosemary into topiary shapes. Plants are tolerant of salt spray, making them a good choice for pots on the beach.
- Start seeds in late winter or early spring then transplant seedling outside after last frost.
- Spacing is 10-20" apart.
- Height of 18" to 3 '.
- Germination is slow, up to 21 days.
- Set out rosemary transplants in spring; you can also plant in fall in Zones 8 and south.
- Plants are slow growing at first but pick up speed in their second year.
- Soak the seeds in water a few hours before planting.
- Just sprinkle seeds on top of soil in a pot and cover lightly with soil.
- While rosemary tolerates partial shade, it prefers full sun and light, well-drained soil with a pH between 6 and 7.
- Rosemary is one of the most changeling of Herb Seeds to germinate
- Sogy soil is a sure death for Rosemary Seeds and seedlings.
- Avoid peat in your seed starting mix, and add vermiculite or a sharp sand, both is better for the improvement of drainage.
- Add lime if needed, and be sure the plant has good drainage, ideally in a container or raised bed.
- Add a slow-release fertilizer to the soil at or before planting, and reapply in the spring.
Keep the soil uniformly moist, allowing it to dry out between watering. Mulch your plants to keep roots moist in summer and insulated in winter, but take care to keep mulch away from the crown of the plant. In the spring, prune dead wood out of the plants.
Whiteflies, spider mites, scale, and mealy bugs can all bother rosemary, as can powdery mildew and root rot, particularly in humid regions. To prevent mildew and rot, be sure your plants enjoy good drainage and air circulation.
In Zone 7, extreme cold will kill the tops of the rosemary plant. In areas where it is likely to be hurt by winter, plant in a protected spot such as near a south-facing masonry wall and away from the prevailing winter wind; also mulch to protect the roots. In Zone 8 and farther south, rosemary needs no winter protection.
Cut stems at any time for fresh rosemary. To dry rosemary, harvest the leaves just prior to blooming stage. Stems may be dried on a rack or hung in bunches to dry. Once stems are dry, strip the leaves from them.
You can also freeze rosemary sprigs or preserve them in oil or vinegar.
While rosemary blends well with other herbs, use it lightly on its own in lamb, pork, chicken, and veal dishes, as well as in soups and stews, vegetables, and sauces. Rosemary provides a wonderful flavor in breads and makes a good marinade with olive oil, wine, and garlic.
Rosemary’s aromatic qualities also enhance a bath, bouquet, wreath, or sachet.