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Growing Information:

Rosemary

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 14-21 days

SOWING TIME: Spring

SEEDING METHOD: Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun

PLANT HEIGHT: 18-60"

PLANT SPACING: 8-24"

HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 6-10

Habitat and Description


Growing Rosemary
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS

Rosemary makes an excellent addition to any herb garden due to its fragrance and cullinary taste that goes so well with lamb and chicken. Growing Rosemary is also beneficial to the garden appearance as it will develop small flowers in late spring. Rosemary is a perennial and can be grown all year round.

Preparation

If your soil is very heavy then you can help drainage by digging in some sandy soil.

Sowing

Rosemary is harder to germinate than most herbs, make sure to buy recent seed. Sow seeds in April but expect low germination rates.

Rosemary can be propogated from cuttings with greater success than sowing seed. Propagating Rosemary by cutting requires about an 8cm cutting be taken from new growth in late spring (cut just below a leaf joint). Place the cutting in a small pot filled with potting compost. Stand the pot in water to enable the compost to draw water up. Once the compost is moist place the pot under glass of some kind (I.e. a windowsill propagator or clear plastic bottle) to retain heat. The cutting should develop roots and be ready for transplanting about 2 months after the cutting.

If growing from seed seems like to much work then you could buy a young plant from your local nursery. This will be a one off (not annual) expense as Rosemary will live for years.



Rosemary


The benefits of Rosemary

Rosemary may improve memory, relieve muscle pain, and stimulate the nervous system. It is used for digestive problems, circulatory problems, pain, neuralgia, spasms, wounds, eczema, rheumatism, and depression. As an antispasmodic herb, it is used to increase urine production. Another fact about rosemary is that used in combination with St. Johnís Wort and ginkgo biloba, it may improve disorders associated with brain inflammation.

In addition to calming the nerves, rosemary relaxes muscles, eases pain, and reduces tension and anxiety throughout the body. Thus it has been very helpful in treating headaches, migraines caused by stress, depression, nervous exhaustion and apathy. As a circulatory and nerve stimulant, rosemary activates the flow of digestive juices. While traditionally rosemary has been used by herbalists to improve memory, it also aids in the treatment of headaches and poor circulation, and embodies an effective stimulant producing increased memory function. The components in rosemary enhance a stronger blood flow. It not only improves brain function, as mentioned earlier, but has also been used to treat disorders characterized by circulatory weakness such as: high and low blood pressure; varicose veins; bruises; and sprains.

Rosemary is said to be fight bad cells and has shown anti-cancer and anti-tumor activity. Because it possesses strong antioxidants, it may prevent cancer-causing chemicals invading cells, most notably in the liver and bronchial areas. Described as potent enough to kill bacterial infection, it should be stated it cannot totally expunge bacteria from the digestive tract. However, rosemary has been shown to treat toxic shock syndrome.

Because rosemary stimulates and improves circulation throughout the body, it increases the blood supply to the skin, which is thought to help restore a youthful glow. Another benefit is if your hair is dull from product buildup, you can try a rosemary tea rinse. Rosemary cleans hair follicles and promotes hair growth. Use it once a week to obtain a thick, clean hair and scalp.





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