How to Grow a Rosemary Tree


A perennial evergreen shrub, the rosemary tree grows approximately 3 feet in height. Rosemary topiaries are widely sold during the Christmas holiday season. The shrub resembles a tiny Christmas tree and offers a strong evergreen scent. Many people adorn the trees with decorations and lights. Sprigs are commonly clipped for use in culinary dishes. Popularly grown as a house plant during the winter months and as a patio accent during the summer, the rosemary tree offers ease of care and year-round appeal.

Step 1

Transplant the rosemary tree to a larger pot after purchase. Plant in a pot that is at least 4 inches larger then the tree's root ball. Plant in a well-draining potting soil. Place the tree in the new pot so that the soil level is the same as it was in its old pot.

Step 2

Place the newly transplanted rosemary tree in a saucer filled with pebbles. Cover the pebbles in water to produce humidity around the plant in the dry winter months.

Step 3

Choose a location that offers full sunlight. Place the rosemary tree away from indoor heaters or heating vents that can easily dry it out.

Step 4

Water the rosemary tree to maintain moist soil conditions.

Step 5

Maintain an indoor temperature of 75 to 80 degrees F in the summer months. Keep the plant in temperatures of less than 75 degrees F during the winter for the tree to continue to thrive.

Step 6

Fertilize the rosemary tree using a water soluble plant fertilizer. Apply according to the directions on the label.

Tips and Warnings

  • The rosemary plant does not tolerate extended periods of drought well.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Potting soil
  • Saucer
  • Pebbles
  • Water-soluble, general-purpose fertilizer


  • Texas A&M University: Caring For Your Rosemary Tree
  • Heirloom Gardens: Rosemary Tree Care
  • Rosemary Tree: A Guide to Growing the Rosemary Tree

Who Can Help

  • University of Florida: Rosemary Christmas Tree Guide
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About this Author

Kimberly Sharpe is a freelance writer with a diverse background. She has worked as a Web writer for the past four years. She writes extensively for Associated Content where she is both a featured home improvement contributor (with special emphasis on gardening) and a parenting contributor. She also writes for Helium. She has worked professionally in the animal care and gardening fields.