|Holiday Decorating: Rosemary Christmas Trees|
by Kim Tilley
|I love to grow things, and I especially love to have plants around the house in the winter. I really love rosemary plants and those cute little 'rosemary Christmas trees,' but the problem is that I always manage to kill them!
I don't mind eating dried rosemary (from my dried-out plant!) , but I really love the look, smell, and taste of live rosemary. My track record is not too good.
The first year I under watered the rosemary, and it dried out. The second year I compensated and over watered the plant.
This year I decided to find out what I was doing wrong or be doomed to a rosemary-free kitchen! Oh, no!
|-Every once in while, give the rosemary a "bath," gently rinsing off any dead leaves and other debris (but not the soil!) that tend to build up around the base of the plant. You can let it soak for a little while, and then drain very well. |
-Like most plants, rosemary likes humidity, so you can take the plant to the shower with you. Just don't stick it in there! Once a week or every few weeks, put it on a bathroom counter, close the door, and take a long, steamy shower. Your plant will love you and you'll feel pretty good, too!
-If all else fails, start from scratch next spring by purchasing a small rosemary plant at a nursery, or even at Wal-Mart. Plant it, pot and all in a sunny, well-drained location and make sure it gets plenty of water. I did this with one, and my rosemary grew beautifully. Make sure that there is plenty of room in the pot, and mix the potting soil with sand or vermiculite- anything to keep it draining well. Before the first frost, bring in your rosemary. You can then shape it into a tree, and enjoy the 'trimmings' on your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey.
Decorating a Rosemary Christmas Tree
You can use any mini ornaments and lights, as long as they don't weigh much. Rosemary branches are pretty tender. I saw a very cute idea done on a mini tree that would work well for rosemary. You spray-paint pasta bows red, then hot-glue string or tie to the tree. You could even make a star out of gold gift wrap and light cardboard (like cereal-box cardboard) to put at the top. Just be gentle to that plant!
Now that my rosemary trees are looking so much better, I'm going to deck them out. Good luck, and enjoy your culinary Christmas tree!
© Copyright 1999, Kim Tilley