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HOW TO GROW ROSEMARY INDOORS From: Gardening Know-how.com By Heather Rhoades

Growing rosemary indoors is tricky , but if you know the secrets to proper care of rosemary plants growing inside, you can keep your rosemary plants growing for months, maybe even through winter.

Tips for Growing Rosemary Indoors : Put your seedling in a bigger pot when you get home. You can put the whole biodegradable peat pot into the new soil, or tear the peat pot off (bury the peat pieces—they provide excellent organic matter). A six-inch pot will do for now; repot when the plant grows over 1-foot.

There are four things that kill rosemary plants indoors.

Lack of sunlight: Make sure that you place your seedling in the brightest window in your house, which is normally a south facing window. If your rosemary plant is not getting at least six to eight hours of light a day, place a lamp with a fluorescent light bulb as close as possible to the plant to supplement the sunlight. Or—just eat the rosemary now; it won’t last without sunlight.

Poor watering practices: Make sure that the drainage on the container with the rosemary is excellent. Only water the soil when the top of the soil is dry to the touch. But never let the soil dry out completely.  Watering too often will cause root rot, which will kill the plant. But if the soil is allowed to dry out completely, the roots will die back and the plant will not have enough roots to support itself

Powdery mildew : Rosemary plants are very susceptible to powdery mildew. Most homes don’t have the same air circulation as the outside world does, which makes this an even worse problem for the plant inside. The best way to drive away powdery mildew on rosemary plants is to increase the air circulation around it. Letting a fan blow on it for a few hours a day or taking it out of more high humidity rooms like the bathroom or kitchen, will help improve the air circulation.

Pests: Most pests will only infest a plant that is already weakened. Unfortunately, most rosemary growing indoors  are growing in a somewhat weakened state. The stricter you are with yourself about making sure that your rosemary plant is watered properly and gets enough light, the less likely pests will bother the plant. But, if your rosemary is infected with pests, use an organic houseplant pesticide to remove them, such as neem oil, which is very effective against pests but harmless to humans and pets.

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