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About This Plant...
Family: Labiatae
Genus and species: Rosmarinus officinalis
Plant type: tender perennial
Height and width: 72 inches high; 36-72 inches wide
Location and soil: sun or partial shade; well-drained soil; will grow indoors
Uses: fresh or dried leaves in soups, stews, and sauces; meat, fish, and egg recipes; salads and vegetables; cosmetics
Propagation methods: seeds, division, cuttings, and layering
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 8-10 weeks
When to transplant to garden: after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 21 days
Germination temp.: 70 degrees F.
Days to maturity: 85 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 12 inches
Spacing between rows: 18 inches
Growing On...
Pests: aphids, mealybugs, scale, spider mites, whiteflies
Diseases: botrytis, root rot
Harvest: pick fresh leaves as needed; for drying, cut branches before plant flowers, bunch them together, and hang them upside down in a warm, airy place, then remove leaves and store in an airtight jar
Growing tips: germination is often erratic

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