Herbs in Winter: Zone Envy

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Herbs in Winter

By bitbit
February 16, 2014

Herbs can be a important part of your winter garden, lending plenty of flavor to the dishes you make with your winter veggies.

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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Feb 15, 2014 6:19 PM CST
I would love a Rosemary that size in my garden!! Thumbs up Great info.

My "big to me" rosemary has been under 1 foot of snow all winter. I hope to cut off the top winter kill and fingers crossed that it makes it through our winter. Typically we do not have this much snow cover so it may have a chance.
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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Feb 15, 2014 7:02 PM CST
Joanne ...

Rosemary is one of the few plants that I brush the snow off of after a storm. In my garden, I've found that it cannot survive snow cover for even a day ...it needs light. I've killed enough plants to have learned this lesson the hard way.

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Lyn
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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Feb 15, 2014 7:04 PM CST
Our low temps are way too cold for it to be fully exposed during the winter months. The branches are still very flexible, so I think it may survive. We will see
Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
Feb 15, 2014 7:07 PM CST
That's why I said "in my garden". There are so many variables, what happens here may not be a problem in another location.

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Lyn
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Feb 16, 2014 8:06 AM CST
I've never had rosemary survive a winter . In fact, I've killed them in the house, too. But I do have a pot of parsley and one of basil inside under lights.

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greene
Feb 16, 2014 4:42 PM CST
Thanks. I finally managed to successfully grow a beautiful (if lopsided) Rosemary plant out in the front garden simply by ignoring it. I forget to feed it, forget to water it except in extreme drought conditions and it is very happy.
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dirtdorphins
Feb 16, 2014 9:42 PM CST
wowza! that is an enviable rosemary shrub Thumbs up
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I have a potted one, that comes in for the winter and lives in the kitchen window...
Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
Feb 16, 2014 10:34 PM CST
Mine would freeze for sure, if I brought it inside the house. Plants are actually safer in the ground.

Good grief, even my dish soap freezes. Can you imagine if I tried to keep a plant alive in the kitchen ? ... Blinking

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Lyn
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hazelnut
Feb 20, 2014 9:15 AM CST
I started Rosemary cuttings last summer and one plant made it through the winter here in Alabama. Rarely do we have temperatures down to 0 degrees F, but that was enough to kill most (but not all) of the rosemary. Rosemary needs excellent drainage, not too much water (too much rain will kill it faster than low temperatures), lots of light, and no "hot" fertilizers.

I think in a pot on the porch is the best place for it, to keep it out of the rain and weather.
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bitbit
Feb 20, 2014 10:24 AM CST
I have zone envy myself. That photo is from my house in Virginia, which I moved out of a couple months ago. I certainly won't get a rosemary like that in Michigan!

We were in zone 8 there, so we would get freezes, but never as low as 0F. You're right that drainage is key - I was able to keep it in the ground mostly because my soil was pure sand and didn't hold water at all.

Joanna, I'd be anxious to hear if your rosemary makes it. When I got mine, all the info I could find said they were only hardy to zone 9, yet lots of people in my city had them (and even bigger than mine!). I wonder what their real hardiness is Confused I would get a bit of die-back if we had a hard freeze after it put on new spring growth, but otherwise it never seemed bothered by the winter weather.

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