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How hard can it be to buy rosemary, really?

January 21st, 2013 at 02:31 am

I went to two different stores today that carry plants and seeds. Neither had a rosemary plant or rosemary seeds. I tried last summer to get a plant, and was told then that they were sold out...Is there something special about rosemary plants and seeds that I dont know? I use it so often in my chicken, that I thought it would make much better sense to have a plant, rather than buy every few weeks in the produce section...but wth?

I will keep an eye out between now and spring, I cant imagine that picking up either a plant or the seeds can be this hard...and I know growing my own will be much cheaper than the $2.50 - 3 per package that I have been paying..not to mention more convenient.

Today, I spent $45 today on two new king size pillows, two standard pillows and 4 pillowcases to fit them. Our pillows were getting so old. I bought different firmnesses so that hopefully the hub and I can both mix and match to make them comfortable.

10 Responses to “How hard can it be to buy rosemary, really?”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I bet you can buy seeds online...although I'm surprised you couldn't find it, too early maybe?

  2. creditcardfree Says:
    1358736940 has Rosemary seeds...under Herbs.

  3. mjrube94 Says:

    Grow it at home over the summer -- it freezes well at the end of the season. I love rosemary too. If you get some thicker branches, you can use it to skewer shrimp (or chicken I guess) and grill. Yummy!

  4. Wino Says:

    All I can speak to is Houston. On the west side, there's a place called "Nelson's Water Gardens." They cost a bit more than finding them elsewhere, but they have a huge selection. If nothing else, you might be able to find their number online and find out where they get theirs. I got Rosemary there and planted it in an old watering can. I also set up a whole herb garden in a large pot. Great for Houston weather.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    It's too early to be finding rosemary plants in the PNW. They are a heat loving plant and can't be planted out usually until May so I doubt they will be in nurseries until the second half of April. Sometimes they will survive our winters, sometimes not, so I would always leave mine in a large pot and bring it in for the winter. Most PNW nurseries don't tend to have rosemary seeds or most herb seeds, really until April, either. Ordering a seed catalog or finding one online is your best bet. Territorial seeds is a good one for PNW, particularly Oregon, plants.

  6. Jerry Says:

    I was going to suggest the internet (at random) but it looks like people already know the exact places that will lead to rosemary seeds! That is one nice thing about a blog, you have insurance of input from people who know about all kinds of random things. Good luck growing your own!

  7. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    You might be able to root those 3/$2.50 sprigs in a light potting mix especially if you can provide a very gentle bottom heat.

    You could ask at a florist because for years now I've seen Rosemary pruned to a conical shape and decorated as mini Christmas trees. Perhaps they have some on clearance at a florist now.

  8. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Great ideas everyone...I will start looking in the new places suggested!!...perhaps starting at the florists..

  9. baselle Says:

    I'd go with rooting sprigs vs seeds. Rosemary is easy to root and many herb gardeners know that it "layers" well, meaning that one can bury the lower branches in the spring, then in fall the gardener can clip the now rooted baby plant from 'mom'. If you know your neighbors, and one of your neighbors has a plant, I'd start there.

    Or I'd pick up a small bag of rooting hormone (auxin) from the hardware store, buy sprigs from the grocery store/florist, strip the lower leaves, roll the stem with the rooting hormone, then plant in a light moist-ish potting soil. Keep the soil about as moist as well worked potting soil - not too wet and not powder dry. If the rosemary is going to root, should see it within 6 weeks.

  10. Thrifty Ray Says:

    thanks baselle. If the florist doesnt pan, I will definately try your suggestion next...

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