How to Harvest Rosemary

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How to Harvest Rosemary

If you have a rosemary bush in the garden, making your own dried rosemary is useful way to store rosemary, conveniently at hand for cooking.


  1. Cut the rosemary.The best day to collect rosemary is a fine, dry day.
  2. Make bundles of evenly sized rosemary stems.Cut off loose and scraggly ends. Keep the bundles at a maximum of 10 stems each.
  3. Tie each bundle together.Leave some twine dangling for hanging each bundle.
  4. Hang each bundle upside down in a dry, dark and well ventilated area.Leave to hang for 1 - 2 weeks.
  5. Take down the bundles when the rosemary has dried.Untie each bundle and remove the rosemary leaves by running your hand down each stem. This should be performed over a clean workbench surface or a large container, such as a mixing bowl.
  6. Store.Collect the dried rosemary leaves and place into airtight containers for storage.
  7. Label and date.The dried rosemary is now ready for your culinary pursuits.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    If a plant is growing in your garden why bother drying it?
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    Community Answer
    You don't need to dry it, but you can if you'd like to preserve it for later use.
  • Question
    How tall can rosemary grow?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Rosemary is basically a bush, so it won't grow very tall. Depending on the climate and the soil, rosemary can grow to about four-feet in height if it isn't trimmed.
  • Question
    My rosemary got out of hand and is pretty big - 12-18 inches high. What is the best way to get it under control?
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    Community Answer
    In the fall, use an electric trimmer to trim it nicly into a ball.
  • Question
    Can you dry Rosemary in a dehydrator?
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    Yes, you can dry pretty much anything in a dehydrator. Just be careful with the rosemary since it doesn't have a lot of water in it to begin with.
  • Question
    Is rosemary an annual or perennial plant?
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    Community Answer
    Rosemary is a perennial, but it will not stand freezing temperatures, so you may need to bring it inside in the winter.
  • Question
    Can I bring my plant inside for the winter?
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    Community Answer
    Yes, you can. Just make sure it still receives adequate light.
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  • Are the purple/white flowers on rosemary edible?
  • Does rosemary have to be at a certain point to be picked? Or can you just pick it whenever?
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  • Homemade dried rosemary is best used within a year of production.
  • The optimum drying temperature is 21ºC - 32ºC.
  • If desired, crush some of the rosemary into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder. This makes an excellent and flavoursome addition to recipes where the delicacy of the dish might be impacted by the texture and appearance of the leaves. Store in the same manner as for the whole leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Bowl or clean work surface space
  • Airtight glass containers suitable for storage

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Lynn Matson

Jul 11, 2019

"My first time growing rosemary. Didn't know how to harvest it. So just cut a bit. Easy! My friend made shrimpwith sprigs of it, and it was heaven. Want to do it myself. "

Cindy Kaiser

May 5, 2019

"This is my first attempt at a growing herbs, but I wasn't sure how to harvest them so they would continue to grow.This article is very helpful and detailed. Thanks!"

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Sep 17, 2019

"Liked actually reading specifics about harvesting and drying rosemary, your directions were very helpful."

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Mar 27

"I was not sure when or how to harvest my rosemary plant. I read some good answers."

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"Very helpful, since I have just received a rosemary plant as a gift. "

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