Tuesday, December 9, 2014

How to grow Rosemary indoors.

Rosemary is an excellent choice for your indoor herb garden. Rosemary is a highly fragrant herb you grow indoors with just a little care. Rosemary likes bright light, so a bright window with morning sun would be a great location. Rosemary will also do well under artificial light, such as a grow lamp or fluorescent grow bulbs.
This CFL bulb will fit in any standard lamp socket.
A light stand is another easy way to supplement natural light for your herbs. Rosemary does best in a location where the daytime temperature is around 70°, with a little cooler night-time temperatures. Good air circulation is important to help maintain plant health. The simplest solution is to make sure you don’t overcrowd your plants. Leave some space between them so that air can circulate freely. Avoid drafts. Keep your rosemary away from fireplaces, doors and cold windows. It’s important to keep the soil consistently moist, so check your plant daily. You want to avoid letting the soil dry out completely. Poke your finger into the pot to see how moist (or dry) it is. Another easy way to check moisture level is with a moisture meter.
Feed your rosemary with a fish emulsion fertilizer.  Neptune's Harvest and Age Old Organics are goods choices for organic fish emulsion.
Increase humidity around your plant by placing it on a pebble tray. Put some pebbles in a tray, add water and place your plant on the rock.
Make sure the bottom of the pot is above the water level in the tray. You don’t want the plant to sit in water all the time. Turn your rosemary frequently to help maintain its shape.
Regular pruning will also help the plant. Rosemary can sometimes get powdery mildew. The leaves on your plant will look like they have a white or grey colored dust on them.
If you do get powdery mildew, spray the plant with Neem oil. Neem is  safe to use indoors, on your herbs. You can still use the herb in your cooking. If you have questions about growing rosemary or other herbs indoors, come in and talk to us. We’ll be glad to help you.



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