Fragrant on recipes, excellent in the form of an infusion to purify, as a decoction for strong and healthy hair, rosemary is beloved by us Americans. Because of this, it often towers in pots on terraces and balconies.
But keeping this shrub in excellent condition is not as easy as they tell.
While it is true that it needs little water, so is the fact that certain care must be reserved for it, known mostly to the few or to gardening experts.
To enjoy its properties and unmistakable aroma, one must know how to water it with the right amounts.
How to regulate yourself? We explain it to you, in detail! You will never make a mistake again!
Rosemary: water it this way if you want it healthy, strong and lush!
The only real rule to memorize to have a thriving rosemary is to know its water needs.
Basically, it is a drought-tolerant plant, so, ideal in this very dry period, unfortunately. But if you have just planted it, either from seed or from cuttings, remember to ensure it gets more water than is intended for a well-developed shrub, which survives comfortably by relying on rainfall alone (as long as it is above 18 inches annually).
You must, however, consider that it can suffer from root rot to the point of death.
In summary, it all comes down to observation of the rosemary itself and empirical testing. To know when and how much to water rely on touch: insert a finger deep into the surrounding soil, if moist delay watering, if dry proceed with small amounts at a time. Water should not drip from the pot.
In this regard, remember to plant it in a container with large drainage holes: make an initial layer of gravel at the bottom and cover with light soil. Each time you pour water, wait for the substrate to dry before topping up with more liquid.
You don’t need to regularly schedule watering; what you need to do is monitor your plant and accommodate its needs according to the climate and outside temperature.
This simple advice will enable you to keep it healthy and thriving, in summer and winter alike.