Prostrate rosemary

Prostrate rosemary

Prostrate rosemary: general characteristics

The prostrate rosemary belongs to the Labiate family and grows spontaneously in the regions bordered by the Mediterranean Sea. It reaches a maximum size of about 20 centimeters, its needle-like leaves are bright green at the top and white at the bottom. During the winter season it is possible to enjoy the beauty of violet-colored inflorescences, which remain on the plant until the spring season arrives. The prostrate rosemary it can be planted either as an aromatic specimen (given the scent it emanates) or it is used for the construction of hedges or simply as a decoration for gardens composed mainly of rocks. It is good to know that this perennial plant does not require special care, you just need to follow a few simple rules regarding watering, planting and fertilization.

Prostrate rosemary: cultivation

Cultivation of the prostrate rosemary it is very easy, just follow a few simple rules, in order to have a plant that is always lush and healthy. As for exposure, prostrate rosemary must be planted in a sunny area both on the terrace and in your garden; it is unable to withstand severe frosts and windy areas, which is why during the winter season it is convenient to move it inside your home, or alternatively, to a very protected place in the garden. Although it can grow in a dry and very sandy soil, this perennial plant prefers a light, well-drained and very loose soil. As for watering, it must take place with a certain regularity during the vegetative period, being very careful not to create water stagnations that are harmful to the shrub. If you take care of an adult rosemary plant, watering may be even less frequent as it endures a long period of drought.

Prostrate rosemary: fertilization and multiplication

The fertilization of prostrate rosemary is very simple and must take place in two specific moments: during planting and at the end of winter. After planting the shrub in the ground, it is necessary to fertilize with an organic product; at the end of the winter season it is necessary to purchase and administer liquid fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to the plant. As for propagation, the prostrate rosemary plant multiplies by sowing, cutting and dividing the clumps. As for the cutting, just cut a sprig of prostrate rosemary, remove all the leaves leaving only those present at the top, cut the cutting in the direction of the last node where there was the first group of leaves. Then it is placed in the pot containing the draining material and the common garden earth, and cover with plastic in order to maintain the right level of humidity.

Prostrate rosemary: parasites and diseases

Although prostrate rosemary is a very resistant perennial that needs little care, it can still undergo attacks by parasites or the onset of diseases. In the first place, attention must be paid to water stagnation that leads to root rot and finally to death. This condition is prevented by using a common soil mixed with gravel or other draining material; secondly, it is necessary to pay close attention to watering. Aphids are very harmful as they feed on the sap of the plant leading it to death, so it is necessary to carry out a preventive treatment against these parasites. Sickness is noted for the presence of a sort of whitish and sticky powder, and if not treated in a short time it will infest the plant and create development problems. It is good to remember that before the appearance of the first inflorescences it is advisable to use suitable products to prevent attacks by parasites, thus bringing the prostrate rosemary to grow and develop vigorously.

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