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was given a rosemary plant as a Christmas present. How do I care for it
and can I plant it outside in my high New Mexico location?
your rosemary plant in a south window. Give it lots of room, as it does
not like to be crowded. Water it only when the soil is dry. If your home
has forced air heat you may have to water it every other day, depending
on the size of the pot and if it is root bound.
In the spring you should begin to see some new
growth. This is the time to fertilize it. Repot it into a larger pot.
When the weather warms at night, the rosemary can stay outside. Place
it in a shaded, protected location until it becomes accustomed to the
outdoor conditions. It can be gradually moved to a location in full sun.
Fertilize it every couple of weeks during spring and summer. You can also
use time-release fertilizer beads if you don't mind using chemical fertilizers.
Rosemary is a tender perennial and probably will
not survive the temperatures you describe in your location. It would be
best to keep growing it in a pot. You can, however, treat it as an annual
and plant it in the ground. You will get more growth from it this way.
Next spring, buy another rosemary and start again.
question via e-mail from this web site:
have a beautiful bay and I want to start a few new plants-please inform
me how to accomplish this successfully. Thanks
is very difficult to propagate from cuttings. It can be done but it will
take time and patience. You can expect only half on the bay cuttings to
set roots and it may take two to three months! Take the cuttings when
new growth begins and place them in a light rooting medium. Using a rooting
hormone (I like Dip n' Grow) will increase your success rate. Bottom heat
should be provided as well as intermittent misting of the leaves to keep
them from drying out.
Tom DeBaggio, in his book Growing Herbs From
Seed, Cutting and Root, tried rooting bay cuttings in water. After 2 months
in water the cuttings did not set roots but had little nodules all over
the base of the cuttings. He then planted them in his regular soil mix
and he reports that they all set roots!
do I get started in the business of growing and selling fresh-cut herbs?
A. Sell it before you sow it! Success in this business
depends upon your marketing efforts. Find marketing channels for your
herbs in the city nearest you. Consider how far you would be willing to
drive to make deliveries two to five times a week.
kind of places will buy my herbs?
A. There are quite a few options here. Look for upscale
restaurants, as they would most likely use fresh herbs for cooking and
garnishes. Most medium to large supermarkets sell herbs in packages. Wholesale
produce distributors buy fresh-cut herbs in large volumes. You can sell
herbs directly to the consumer through a roadside stand or at a farmer's
market. There are other marketing channels but you should look to these
if these places are already buying fresh-cut herbs?
A. Many places are buying herbs from distributors. These
distributors buy herbs from growers and the herbs often sit in the distributor
warehouse for one to four days before they reach the end user. You can
often secure the business of these accounts by offering them really fresh
herbs-ones that you pick the day before, or the same day, that you deliver
them. Freshness and quality will set you apart from your competition.
herbs should I grow?
A. There are 12 herbs that are the most popular nationwide
but this can vary quite a bit by your location and the ethnic groups in
your market area. The best herbs to grow initially are: basil, chives,
cilantro, dill, sweet marjoram, mint, oregano, Italian parsley, rosemary,
sage, French tarragon and thyme. How much should I plant of each herb?
This depends entirely upon the demand for each herb in your area and how
much you are selling or expect to sell. Each herb has it's own culture,
length of time to first, and subsequent, harvest. Much will depend upon
your growing conditions, variety of the herb, soil fertility and so on.
The best advice I can give you is to plant twice as much as you think
you will need.
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