Watering Indoor Rosemary - Knowledgebase Question

Middletown, RI
Question by Ranger18d
February 16, 2000
How often should I water and feed my indoor Rosemary herbs? Several plants I have tried thrive for a while then die. Please help, as I love to use Rosemary in a lot of Recipes and there is nothing quite as good as fresh Rosemary.

Answer from NGA
February 16, 2000


Rosemary can be very difficult as a houseplant. The soil needs to be kept evenly and lightly moist but not sopping wet. The frequency will depend on how warm and humid the room is, and how much air circulation there is, the type of potting soil used and whether or not the pot is porous so you will need to check the soil with your finger and see. Indoors, the plant does best in a cool, bright location with both ample humidity and good air ciculation. During the winter when the plants slow down they should not need much fertilizer, if any. During spring and summer however, fertilize lightly with a water soluble fertilizer for foliage plants according to the label instructions. They will also need more water during the times they are in active growth.

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