An old fashion perennial herb that used to be grown for its medicinal purpose, but was then proved to be slightly poisonous if consumed in large quantities. However, the strong smell of Rue makes it a great companion plant for an insect-repelling purpose. The plant will grow up to 1 m tall and the fern like leaves make it an attractive low contact ornamental plant.


How to grow rue in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny or part shade spot in your garden with well drained soil. Enrich with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed
  2. Sow seed direct, planting them in clumps of 2-3 seeds in 45 cm intervals. Cover lightly with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and water well. 
  3. Water regularly. Once seedlings emerge, thin seedlings and feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate
  4. Harvest by snipping or cut leaves back to the main stem – this will also help encourage more leafy growth.

 

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How to grow rue in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 400 mm wide and deep and position in a sunny or part shade. Fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix
  2. Sow seed direct, planting them in clumps of 2-3 seeds. Cover lightly with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and water well. 
  3.  Water regularly. Once seedlings emerge, thin seedlings and feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate
  4. Harvest by snipping or cut leaves back to the main stem – this will also help encourage more leafy growth.

Growing tips

  • Care should be taken when gardening with Rue, as the sap can be irritating. 
  • Dried foliage can be used to repel insects indoors.


Recommended products

Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.

Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.