Rosemary Topiary Tree
Rosemary “Standard” or Topiary Tree
Sometimes called a topiary, a standard is a woody plant trained to a tall woody stem which is crowned with a round head of foliage.
How to Make Your Own Rosemary Topiary:
- Start with a small rosemary plant, about 6-8” tall.
- Transfer to decorative pot, using potting soil. Be sure the pot has a hole for drainage.
- Trim the lower branches at the sides to encourage the plant to grow vertically.
- Chose a plant stake the height desired for the finished standard and push it into the soil next to the plant.
- Tie the plant to a stake. Check the ties periodically to make sure they are not constricting the outward growth of the stem.
- Water thoroughly. Make sure that the plant is not sitting in water (i.e. if you have a saucer under the pot), and let it dry out in between waterings.
- Place in a sunny window (6+ hours of sunlight). Keep away from hot air vents and radiators.
- Fertilize weekly.
- Maintain the shape of the head with selective pinching of the new shoots. Strip off any lower leaves that develop.
- Overwintering your rosemary topiary indoors – During the not quite dormant state of winter, stop fertilizing.