How to Repot Rosmarinus Officinalis


Whether you are cultivating rosemary in containers inside or outside in the yard, at some point you will have to repot the plant. Rosemary, also known as Rosmarinus officinalis or Salvia rosmarinus, thrives in the United States Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7a to 11a. Within these zones, rosemary may adapt to a variety of growth situations, including raised beds, ceramic pots, and other containers. Rosemary thrives well and may even bloom better if somewhat pot bound, according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension; but, the plant will ultimately need to be repotted in order to renew its soil. Root growth on the top of the soil and at the drainage hole at the bottom of the container is the clearest indication that it is time to repot the plant. Repotting, on the other hand, may be done anytime a pot improvement is required, not only in the spring.

Repotting Rosemary Plants

It is recommended by the Cooperative Extension of North Carolina State University that you repot your plants in the early spring before any new growth appears. Pick a new pot that is no more than one to two inches bigger than the one you are replacing it with. Sanitize the container with a home disinfectant after washing it well with hot water if it has been used in the past to cultivate another kind of plant. The ideal soil for rosemary is a sandy potting mix, although the plant can grow just well in regular potting soil as long as the plant is not overwatered. Sand is a good drainage material. Before repotting the rosemary plant, give it a good soaking in water the night before. This will hydrate the roots and help avoid transplant shock.

You may remove the rosemary from its container by putting one hand around the plant’s base, then turning the container so that it is upside down. If the root ball is severely pot bound, you should carefully tear it apart with your fingers. This will assist stimulate the roots to expand outward. Put some dirt in the bottom of the new pot and place the plant inside it. Make sure that the roots of the rosemary plant are in contact with the soil and that the bottom of the plant is about an inch below the rim of the pot. The soil should be added by the handful, and the container should be shaken every so often to let it settle. After you have finished adding dirt and the roots have been fully covered, push the earth down to make it solid in the container.

Caring for Rosemary After Repotting

Although rosemary bounces back rapidly after being transplanted, it is still important to provide the plant with the appropriate conditions and care in order to reduce the amount of stress it experiences. After the plant has been transplanted into its new home, the container should be placed in an area with some mild shade for the first few days. This is especially important if the plant is growing in a hot and sunny region. Pick a location that gets the sun in the morning and has mild, filtered shade throughout the middle of the day. When you repot a rosemary plant, give it a good soaking of water afterwards; this will assist lessen the stress caused by the transfer. The Colorado State University Extension advises that rosemary plants should not be watered until the soil can be felt to be dry below the surface. Since rosemary plants are prone to root rot,

After being repotted, a plant’s soil may settle too much, causing the roots to become visible in certain instances. Maintain a constant watch on the rosemary plant and be on the lookout for telltale symptoms of settling, such as exposed roots or depressions in the surface of the soil. Top-dressing refers to the procedure of adding an additional layer of soil on top of the existing dirt in the pot to cover the plant’s roots.

Growing Rosemary in Pots Indoors and Outdoors

Move the rosemary plant to its permanent growth place after about a week has passed. These are heat-loving plants that flourish best in full light when grown outside. However, rosemary plants that are grown in containers need some daytime shade. This is because the soil will rapidly heat the container, and the container’s soil will dry up if it is left in full sun. Place a potted rosemary plant in your home’s interior near a window that faces south so that it may take advantage of the abundant light and warmth. According to North Carolina State University, rosemary is prone to root rot, so while growing it, you should avoid growing it in full shadow or in soil that is moist and heavy.

When the soil around established rosemary plants becomes dry during the summer months, give them a good soaking. Even while rosemary only requires a little amount of food to thrive, it is nevertheless important to include fertiliser in the care routine for rosemary plants both inside and outdoors, and especially when they are grown in containers. After you have repotted the plant, you should refrain from feeding it until the following spring. Logee’s Plants suggests diluting a quarter teaspoon of either 15-15-15 or 7-9-5 fertiliser in one gallon of water before applying it to the soil. A fertiliser solution should be used once a month to water the plant, and feeding should be discontinued if the plant exhibits indications of stress such as yellowing leaves.


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