The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Rosemary

Question: I started out with 3" rosemary plants from a local nursery and they have done very well and have long since overgrown the area they were initially planted in. I would like to know when would be the best time and what would steps should I take to transplant my rosemary.

Answer: Rosemary transplants easily in fall or spring. Prepare the new hole where you want to put the plant first so roots are exposed for the least amount of time. Rosemary likes good drainage, so if you have clay soil, incorporate some organic matter to improve the soil's structure. Water the plant a day or two before transplanting to help keep the rootball intact. Dig as much of the rootball as possible and move it to the new spot. Keep soil consistently moist until new roots establish. Rosemary can also be cut back quite a bit without losing its vigor. Good luck!

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