Overwintering Rosemary - Knowledgebase Question

East Setauket, NY
Question by Alisoncl
November 15, 1997
A friend gave me a large, woody rosemary plant, which I planted in my yard last summer. Do I dig it up and bring it inside to a cool room, or should I keep it where it is? Should I mulch it?


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Answer from NGA
November 15, 1997

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Rosemary is generally hardy to about 15 degrees F. It's a tough shrub, but won't survive your winter weather unless you protect it. To be on the safe side, if it's not too large, transplant it to a container and bring it inside, next to a sunny window. It needs well drained soil and frequent watering, and will do best near a humidifier. When the weather warms in spring you could take it out to a porch or deck.

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