How to grow ROSEMARY Spices in Uganda
Rosemary Plant with Flower in Uganda
Rosemary is a tender perennial shrub that is ever green with blue flowers.
This pungent and distinctive plant has a sweet resinous flavor which has been used as a wonderful compliment to both sweet and savory dishes.
This shrub is native to the Mediterranean and is now naturalized in East Africa and Uganda.
Rosemary is generally not hard to grow , and once it has rooted, this perennial woody shrub will thrive for about 4 years.
Common Rosemary varieties in Uganda
There are many varieties of rosemary, each with slightly different properties;Prostrate rosemary
-it’s a trailing variety that spreads to over 8ft.Common rosemary
- this is tough and grows to over 7ft.Lock wood de forest rosemary
- this is the hardy type and easily withstand harsh dry weathers.
There also other important types like Gorizia rosemary
, Arp rosemary
and Salem rosemary
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Soil requirements for Rosemary
Rosemary prefers light, sandy soils with a high pH range which assures abundance of alkaline.
How to propagate Rosemary in Africa
Rosemary is easiest to grow from a cutting, rather than planting seeds.
New plants will be able to grow from cuttings and will have the same qualities as the original bush.
Cuttings take about 3 weeks for the roots to form.Contact us here to buy fresh Rosemary Leaves and Cuttings.
How to grow Rosemary in Uganda
Take about 2-3 inches of cuttings from the tops of rosemary stalks where new growth is happening.
Gently pull and strip away the leaves on the stem leaving a few on the top of the cutting.
This will give the stem more time to concentrate its energy on forming new roots than feeding the many leaves.
Water the cuttings regularly until the roots form and this will take about 3 weeks.
Like many herbs you can go ahead and inter-crop rosemary as it’s a good companion plant with beans
, carrots and sage.Contact us here to buy fresh Rosemary Leaves and Cuttings.
How to Harvest Rosemary Spices
When vigorously grown you can harvest rosemary as you are pruning.
Pick sprigs of rosemary leaves as needed. The bush will just keep on happily growing.
Since rosemary is ever green, you can harvest it all year round.
Alternatively, you can just strip the leaves from the stems and store them in an air tight jar.Contact us here to buy fresh Rosemary Leaves and Cuttings.
Quick Tips for planting rosemary in Uganda
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- Shovel up soil and mix it with a relative portion of compost.
- Fill the soil mix in polythen pots meant for seedlings.
- Cut about 2-3 inches of the top of growing rosemary.
- Remove foliage from the bottom part meant for rooting.
- Deep the base of the stem in a rooting hormone, this will increase the rate of rooting.
- Place the cutting into the middle of the potting and a firm.
- Water the cuttings to provide moisture.
- Set the pot in a sunny place but not in direct sun light.
- Harvest the leaves when the foliage is fully grown.