Prostrate Rosemary Plant (Creeping Rosemary)
The word prostrate comes from the Latin meaning “backwards”. A plant with its roots down or near the earth is called prostrate. This type of plant is often used in gardens because it grows at a lower height than other types of plants. Most commonly, these are grown as groundcovers around windowsills and doors to keep out rainwater. They are also planted along walkways and driveways to provide shade during hot summer days.
Crawling Rosemary Plant (Orthocladus)
The name crawling rosemary refers to the fact that this type of plant grows up through the soil rather than down into it like most other varieties. These plants tend to grow tall and wide, making them ideal for containers where they will not get too much sun but still offer plenty of room for your flowers and foliage. They also make excellent houseplants.
Growing Creeping Rosemary Plants
These plants require lots of space to grow well. You need to give them plenty of light so they don’t go crazy and burn themselves out. If you have a sunny window, these plants will thrive; if not, then you’ll want to place some sort of shade over them when possible. Crawling rosemary prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade better than others do. Your plants will thrive in a well-draining soil that is rich in organic nutrients.
They prefer their soil on the dry side, so make sure you don’t over water them or they will begin to rot.
When it comes to watering creeping rosemary plants, less is more. Water them about once every week and a half to two weeks and always allow the top layer of soil to dry out before watering again. This will prevent them from rotting and help to keep them from going crazy.
Prostrate Rosemary Care
With proper care and a little tender loving care, your plants should last anywhere from one to two years in your garden or on your windowsill before you’ll need to replace them. This type of rosemary plant prefers full sun to partial shade and loves well-draining soil that is rich in organic nutrients. It isn’t particular about its watering needs but does not do well when it is overwatered. The best way to water this type of plant is to allow its soil to dry out a bit before giving it more water.
Growing Rosemary in Pots
Prostrate rosemary plants can be grown in pots, but they need very large pots in order for them to grow well and flower. These plants should be placed outside in the summer so they can soak up as much sun as possible. In the winter, you will need to bring them inside so they don’t freeze. If your winters do not get below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, then you can probably leave them out.
If you place them outside, they should be placed in a shaded area and not in the direct sun. The soil where you place the pots should be well drained and contain organic matter. Add some mulch around the pot to help with water retention. For the first few weeks, keep an eye on the plants to make sure they are not drying out. Water as needed, but do not over water them.
Prostrate rosemary plants make excellent houseplants, especially in the kitchen. You can use them to flavor meats or pick leaves off as you need them. They make a tasty addition to just about any meal!
Prostrate Rosemary Flowers
If your plant is in a pot, you can expect it to grow and flower if it is at least three years old. The flower of this plant is a purplish color and tends to bloom in the summer months. If you want to have flowers, then you will need to trim the stems of your plants back occasionally to keep them from growing too long.
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