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whiteseal
Sep 13, 2020 9:54 PM CST

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Dear friends,

My little girls is growing up, especially the big girl. She has gotten longer around 1 cm in this past month, and now, her tip start bending.

I think may be because she has grown too fast, so her shoot isn't strong enough to hold the tip straight.

So, do I need the pole to keep her straight, or just let she bend and she will arrange it by herself later??

whiteseal
Sep 13, 2020 9:56 PM CST
Another question is how to make her body thicker?? Now, all of my girls has a very thin body and just grow in lenght. ; w;
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gardengus
Sep 17, 2020 7:57 AM CST
They are young they will fill out on their own. If they get a foot tall and no sine of branching you can pinch the growing tip and that will encourage branching.

I have never had to stake rosemary unless you are creating a standard.
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kittriana
Sep 19, 2020 9:21 PM CST
Age thickens the stalk, but sometimes it depends on the type of rosemary you are growing.
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Zenni
Jan 7, 2021 7:36 PM CST
I have also never needed a stake for my rosemary. Mine eventually filled out on their own. They are pretty tough and hardy plants.
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kittriana
Jan 7, 2021 10:16 PM CST
They are also more prone to doing better in ground- rather than in a pot- if you can do that.
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KFredenburg
Jan 7, 2021 10:27 PM CST
I agree

Our rosemary bushes grew to be too big in the ground. But it's because I was lazy with my pruning, so they became huge and dirty looking (with all their dead leaves and whatnot). But yes, as long as you keep up with the pruning, you'll have big, beautiful, and healthy rosemary bushes if you plant them in the ground.
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JT2
Jan 21, 2021 8:12 AM CST
KFredenburg said: I agree

Our rosemary bushes grew to be too big in the ground. But it's because I was lazy with my pruning, so they became huge and dirty looking (with all their dead leaves and whatnot). But yes, as long as you keep up with the pruning, you'll have big, beautiful, and healthy rosemary bushes if you plant them in the ground.


From your post it sounds like Rosemary is able to survive the winter? Is there a special variety that can survive winters?
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gardenfish
Jan 21, 2021 8:20 AM CST
I know that the variety Arp is hardy to zone 7 and perhaps even colder. Most rosemaries are not rated for any zone colder than 5. Since you didn't say where you are, or what your zone is, we can't answer your question properly.
I think Kim must have a little micro climate going on where she is because she is the first person I've heard about that could plant them in the ground that far North. Rosemaries are basically Mediterranean plants, and don't like it very cold.
Rosemaries don't make good houseplants. They do much better outside.
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KFredenburg
Jan 21, 2021 9:52 AM CST
Alas Lynda, we just moved to SD. The rosemary bushes I was talking about were back in CA. I was definitely sad to leave a lot of my plants behind.

@JT2 ~ what is your zone? Like Lynda said, any zone down to 5 (although five still isn't guaranteed, because we live in z5 and I don't think we can do rosemary over here) should be able to handle the outside temperatures in the winter.
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Zenni
Jan 21, 2021 10:29 AM CST
JT2 said:

From your post it sounds like Rosemary is able to survive the winter? Is there a special variety that can survive winters?

I have heard that it's the ARP rosemary variety that can survive cold winters.

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kittriana
Jan 21, 2021 10:59 PM CST
Arp- it depends on the plant and location for it to survive, but it is hardier than most. Different varieties of rosemary respond differently to weather. Even here some handle the pruning and others don't need it.
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gardenfish
Jan 22, 2021 12:28 AM CST
I have both arp and a prostrate Rosemary. Mine are in pots. When it gets down below 25 on winter nights here I cover them and the pots in fleece blankets. Must work because the oldest one is 17, the youngest one 6. I don't trim them other than to cut off dead growth. The arp is the older one and looks like a bonsai now, I like that look. It's more of a miniature tree than a shrub. The stem is thick and twisted. The prostrate Rosemary is blooming right now. It blooms at least 8 months out of the year.
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