Plant Care Rosemary


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Rosemary has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Rosemary has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Rosemary

Rosemary is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is a fun challenge to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and a fast grower with a whopping 7393 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Rosemary likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.


Salvia rosmarinus

Also known as

Rosmarinus officinalis and Rosmarinus officinalis prostratus

How to care for Rosemary

💦 Water

How often to water your Rosemary

Water needs for Rosemary
0.5 cups
every 9

Rosemary needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Rosemary

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Rosemary in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Rosemary: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Rosemary love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Rosemary does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Rosemary in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Rosemary

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Rosemary: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Rosemary after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Rosemary can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Rosemary →

Common Rosemary Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Rosemary prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Rosemary Water Frequency →

Rosemary Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Rosemary requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Rosemary Light Requirements →

Rosemary Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Rosemary is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Rosemary Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Rosemary doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Rosemary Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Rosemary does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Rosemary →

When and How to Successfully Repot Rosemary →

💩 Fertilizer

Rosemary should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

🌎 Native Region

Rosemary is native to Worldwide.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Rosemary bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Rosemary grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Rosemary →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Rosemary can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Rosemary Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Rosemary can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Rosemary, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Rosemary



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Rosemary has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 20
Rosemary has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 19
Rosemary has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 13
Rosemary has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 5
Rosemary has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
Rosemary has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Rosemary has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Rosemarie avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Dix Hills, NY

Both my plants died.

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globe Fort Wayne, IN

My favorite plant to have in my house and smells amazing!

Survivor Survivor
@MrsCadabra avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
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globe Spokane, WA

Low maintenance, smells great.

Survivor Survivor
@maeplant avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
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i just planted mine like 2 weeks ago and it’s already growing. seems pretty fast i have 2 little sprouts and each day that seem to get bigger

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Geoffrey avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 132 XP
globe Metairie, LA

Rosemary tastes delicious!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Victoria avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Forney, TX

I love it’s scent and my old one survived several winters until the last winter freeze we had last year, even when it was covered. And that rosemary was huge and old, it devastated me when I lost it so I got a new one. It’s not dog friendly so I keep it away from my dogs.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Pamela avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 310 XP

This ponytail makes me smile!😀

Pamela avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Lynchburg, VA

She looks good

Browns easily Browns easily
@sharnirose avatar
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 710 XP

Hardy herb, worth growing

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@DarkMoon568 avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 103 XP
globe Lexington, SC

Easy to grow from larger clippings

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@Melidee avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Merritt Island, FL

Rosie is a VERY thirsty girl!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@lor.dfarquaad avatar
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 449 XP
globe Idaho Falls, ID

it died.. idk why but it smelled nice and you could use it in things like spells and stuff

Daniel avatar
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Perfect with pasta

@Turkeybutter12 avatar
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Prefers well draining soil and direct sunlight, ensure that you don’t water often.

Fast grower Fast grower
@4va avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
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Do not grow rosemary in rocks that need the moisture of the soil

Survivor Survivor
@lavendersween avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 286 XP

I’m not a very good plant mom, but Rosemary always comes back from near death easily.
Also, toads really love it.

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