Does all this yuletide cheer give you the sudden urge to break out your jelly roll pan and make a yule log cake? Do you make actual wassail to pair with your actual wassailing? If the holiday has your inner Ina itching to come out, scratch that itch with this culinary "Christmas" tree! This tinsel-ready topiary is a real live rosemary shrub that is as flavorful as it is festive. Embrace your December domesticity and deck its diminutive branches with the twinkly lights we've shipped along with it. This savory little guy is so sweet - we just know Jeffrey (and all your guests!) are gonna love it.
Read on for our top tips below to keep your new rosemary plant seasoning this Christmas dinner (and the next)!
This rosemary plants has been pruned and formed for many months to help shape it into a perfect tree shape. Fun Fact: this art of training a tree into a shape is called topiary. Just don't be fooled by its manicured shape - this shrub's branches are perfect for adding to your favorite meal!
To best care for your new culinary comrade, give him a lot of sunlight and set him up on a regular, weekly schedule! Pro Tip: for a “set it and forget it” watering schedule, we like to take care of all of our plant pals on an early weekend morning. AM waterings are best for all plants because it is the coolest period of the day. This will allow the majority of the water to get to the plant and its roots rather than be lost to evaporation. How much water is too much water? For a shrub this size, start with 1/2 cup of H20 for each weekly watering session. In between waterings, you'll want the top of the soil to dry out but not the interior. You can test moisture by inserting your finger around 1” into the top layer. If it's dry to the touch before you next watering, give your plant a bigger drink! If the surface of the soil is still wet by the next session, you can dial it back a bit!
Pro Tip: beware of overly toasty indoor environments! Rosemary trees can become easily dehydrated when exposed to heat. Signs that your shrub is saying "enough?" Leaves will feel dry to the touch. To perform a quick fix, use a water bottle to gently spritz the leaves - the foliage will absorb that H20 directly and your little guy should perk up in no time. If your rosemary ever starts to show signs of brown spots, this is a surefire sign that you are overwatering. Dial back the amount you're giving at your weekly watering session and give your plant a few weeks to adjust!