I love the smell of fresh rosemary. In fact, in terms of just enjoying the plant, this is one of my favorite herbs. I would love to have a pot of rosemary growing in every room.
Fragrant leaves flavor meats, poultry and potatoes.
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 24-36 inches
Days to Maturity: 90 – 400 Days
I am planting my first Rosemary seeds ever tomorrow. I have read that it is difficult to get this herb to germinate; but I am giving it my best shot.
A Burpee Expert says the following about starting rosemary:
The seed takes a while to germinate so you need to start it about three months before the warm weather arrives. Place the seed onto a well drained base such as sand, vermiculite or very light potting mix. Cover the seed with a little more mix, water lightly and place the container in a warm location or onto a heat mat. Cover the container with plastic wrap until you see the seeds starting to emerge. As soon as you see the tiny rosemary plants starting to grow, it is important to give them a good light source and a warm environment. Do not expect germination of all the seeds as rosemary has a much lower germination rate than some other popular herbs such as basil.Allow the rosemary to grow inside or in a sheltered area outside, until they are about 3 inches high and sturdy enough to handle. If the weather is warm outside, the seedlings can be put into the garden where they will continue to grow. Alternately, pot the seedlings into larger pots so that you do not have to disturb them if you want to bring them indoors for next winter. Use pots with several small rosemary plants to make rosemary topiaries. The small plants can easily be trained onto a hoop or other shape.In warmer areas, zone 7 and above, your rosemary plants will be large enough to survive outside and give you pretty blue flowers early next year. Rosemary that is brought indoors will also flower in late winter to give you some winter interest when you really need it.”