04 Dec Still Loving Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Salem’
Name: Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Salem’ aka Salem rosemary or roasting rosemary
Type of Plant: A bushy rosemary that is more likely to survive the winter indoors than some other types of this herb. Hardy in Zone: 7-9
Why I Love/Hate this plant: I have featured this plant before, but must do so again since I’m loving how it looks in my kitchen, how I value the use of this flavorful herb in cooking, and how this variety is easier to keep over the winter indoors.
Some years ago a professional grower told me that this rosemary tends to do better inside over the winter than other varieties since it is less sensitive to lower light levels and shorter days. I have found this to be true.
A Word to the Wise: Although Rosemary is drought-tolerant outdoors, where it can grow a deep root system, in the house “a dry rosemary is a dead rosemary” is the rule. Water your potted rosemary regularly and never let it dry to the point of wilting.