How to Grow Rosemary Indoors?

Imagine walking into your kitchen filled with the delicious aromas of your favorite herbs: basil, cilantro, sage, thyme, and rosemary. Not only can starting your indoor herb garden be a fantastic activity to share amongst yourself and your loved ones, but you can boost your culinary skills all year long with these hearty herbs.

With Gardyn’s innovative solutions, you’ll be able to achieve a flourishing herb garden in the comfort of your home in only a matter of weeks! Start your journey today with an herb that’ll perfectly accompany your next Sunday roast: rosemary.

Unlock endless possibilities and grow rosemary indoors today. You’ll be delighted to have fresh, homegrown leaves and with minimal effort guaranteed.

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🥬 Harvest

Regular harvesting promotes plant longevity. Pinch or shear leaves, trim outer leaves at 8 inches, and harvest up to one-third of the plant’s height for sustained growth.

Why Grow Rosemary Indoors?

Does the smell of fresh rosemary conjure memories of your mother’s chicken roast? If so, why not kickstart your own culinary expedition and grow rosemary indoors. Having an indoor herb garden is packed with benefits and you don’t have to be a country dweller to have your very own one in you’re your home.

Saves Money

With rosemary plants that thrive indoors, you have easy access to this flavorful herb 365 days per year. Say good-bye to trips to the grocery store (and the question marks around how your rosemary is grown) or relying on dried rosemary that simply loses its taste after staying in your cupboard for months. Simply pluck a few sprigs from your indoor plant whenever you need them for culinary delights.

Spice Up Your Culinary Creations

A versatile edible herb, rosemary adds a delightful flavor and aroma to a wide range of dishes. Let your culinary imagination run wild from roasted vegetables and grilled meats to infused oils and refreshing sauces.

Optimal Growing Conditions

Growing rosemary indoors shields your plant from harsh outdoor elements, such as extreme temperatures, frost, and strong winds. This protection ensures that your plant remains healthy and thrives throughout the year, even during the cold winter months when outdoor rosemary may struggle to survive.

Improve Your Air Quality

Rosemary plants contribute to improving indoor air quality by releasing beneficial compounds which contribute to cleansing and freshening the air in your own home space.

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What do You Need to Grow Rosemary Indoors?

If you’re eager to cultivate rosemary indoors, you’ll be happy to know that this herb is an easy grower. However, before diving in directly into your gardening efforts, it’s essential to have the right supplies.

Consider the following key elements when setting up your indoor rosemary garden:

  • A container with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging (and prevent proliferation root rot) and ensure proper root health;
  • A pot with a diameter of at least 10–12 inches, allowing sufficient space for the roots to spread;
  • A well-draining potting mix or a blend of potting soil and perlite to encourage proper air circulation and prevent excess moisture;
  • A sunny spot near a window (preferably south-facing window) where your rosemary plant can receive direct sunlight for least six to eight hours a day (if you can provide enough natural light, consider using grow lights to supplement the required light intensity and duration);
  • A temperature regulated between 65–85 degrees Fahrenheit (avoid exposing your plant to extreme temperatures);
  • Good air circulation around the plant to prevent high humidity and to minimize the risk of diseases like powdery mildew.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one solution for growing rosemary indoors, Gardyn’s Home Kit offers an innovative alternative with its self-contained pods (yCubes). Providing your rosemary plant with all the essential nutrients throughout the growing cycle, you no longer need to add fertilizer. Also equipped with adjustable LED grow lights, you’ll never have to worry about whether your plants are getting enough (or too much) natural light.

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How to Plant Rosemary Indoors?

No need for tilling and toiling with pesky garden tools. Indoor gardening is your solution to bountiful fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Follow these simple steps and you’re on your way to deliciously fresh rosemary in only a matter of weeks.

Step 1: Prepare the Containers

Start by choosing a suitable container for your rosemary plant, ensuring it has drainage holes at the bottom. Make sure to properly remove any debris or existing plants from the container.

Step 2: Select the Right Soil

Using a well-draining potting mix or a combination of potting soil and perlite is essential. This allows proper air circulation and prevents excess moisture, which is the leading cause of root rot and powdery mildew. However, Gardyn provides an easy solution for ensuring optimal root health with its yCubes. Within only a few days, you’ll see blossoming sprouts.

Step 3: Find the Right Placement and Lighting

Position your rosemary plant in a sun-filled room, in a sunny spot near a window or on a windowsill where it can get at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight per day. If natural light is insufficient, grow lights can supplement the required light intensity.

Step 4: Planting your Rosemary

Finally, gently remove the rosemary seedling from its original container, being mindful not to damage the roots. Place them in the holes and fill them with soil. Don’t forget to lightly press the soil around the plants to ensure good stability. If using Gardyn’s yCubes, simply insert the pod into the designated slot on the Gardyn Home Kit, following the instructions provided.

How to Care for Your Rosemary?

Ensuring proper care for your indoor rosemary plant is essential for its growth, robust foliage, and a continuous supply of aromatic herbs. To ensure optimal health:

  • Water your rosemary plant when the top inch of soil appears to be dry. Use a watering can or a spray bottle to provide a thorough yet controlled watering session. Avoid overwatering, as rosemary prefers slightly drier conditions.
  • Feed your rosemary plant every four to six weeks with a balanced organic fertilizer. Follow the package instructions for the appropriate dosage. You can also use a slow-release fertilizer specifically formulated for herbs;
  • Regularly prune your rosemary plant to maintain its shape, promote bushier growth, and remove any wilted leaves. Trim the stem tips to encourage lateral branching and a fuller plant appearance. No need to put your trimmings to waste, you can add them to your recipes or even use them as natural air fresheners.
  • Regularly inspect your rosemary plants for any signs of garden pests, such as spider mites. Look for visible damage (chewed leaves, webbing, small insects…) If you notice any signs on your rosemary plants, consider using organic solutions like neem oil which will not have any negative effects in terms of healthy consumption.

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Harvesting Rosemary: A Flavorful Journey

Discover the satisfaction of harvesting and using your very own rosemary. This versatile and edible herb can elevate your culinary creations, add fragrance to your home, and even inspire you to enhance your DIY projects. Learn how to harvest your rosemary, explore creative uses, and try out a delightful recipe that showcases the herb’s unique flavors.

When to Harvest Rosemary?

Begin harvesting your rosemary when the plant reaches a height of about 8–10 inches. This allows it to establish a strong root system while still providing ample fresh leaves for your needs. For optimal flavor, harvest rosemary in the morning after the dew has dried. Gently pinch or snip off the sprigs at the desired length, starting from the top of the plant. Remember to leave at least two thirds of the plant intact to ensure continual growth.

Delight Your Palates With Rosemary

Staple in Mediterranean cuisine, rosemary pairs well with roasted meats, vegetables, and hearty soups. Finely chop the leaves and sprinkle them over your dishes to infuse them with a distinct and aromatic flavor. Add rosemary sprigs to homemade herbal teas or lemonades to enjoy a refreshing taste and take advantage of the antiviral properties.

Rosemary Recipe: Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken

Sometimes cooking is more than just shaking and baking. Electrify your dish by incorporating rosemary to a traditional dish.


  • 1 whole chicken (3–4 pounds);
  • 2 lemons, sliced;
  • 4–5 sprigs of fresh rosemary;
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced;
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil;
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  • Preheat your oven to 375 °F;
  • Rinse the chicken under cold water and pat it dry with paper towels;
  • In a small bowl, combine minced garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper;
  • Gently lift the skin of the chicken and rub the garlic and olive oil mixture under the skin, ensuring it spreads evenly;
  • Stuff the chicken with lemon slices and rosemary sprigs;
  • Tie the legs together with kitchen twine and tuck the wings underneath the chicken;
  • Place the chicken in a roasting pan and cook in the oven for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 °F;
  • When thoroughly cooked, remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving;
  • Serve the succulent lemon-rosemary roasted chicken with your favorite sides and enjoy the delightful flavors of your homegrown rosemary.

Happy Gardening With Gardyn

Growing rosemary indoors offers a host of benefits that cater to both your culinary desires and your green thumb aspirations. Get a year-round supply of fresh rosemary leaves along with your favorite vegetables (including eggplants, green beans, peppers, and more) and fruits (e.g. cherry tomatoes) in no time.

Whether you’re a seasoned gardening enthusiast or a beginner exploring the world of indoor gardening, Gardyn’s innovative hydroponic garden systems can help you experience the joy of growing rosemary (or anything else) indoors with ease.

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