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RuthE
Jan 10, 2017 11:54 AM CST
I received a wonderful rosemary plant trimmed to look like a Holiday Tree from my grandchildren. I have never been able to overwinter rosemary - it just dries up and dies. I read the instructions that came with this plant and still it is turning all brown. What am I doing wrong? I live in northern VT and have this plant in a kitchen window that faces north. I have propane heat and the temp is not above 70o in the day and goes down to about 58o at night.
Thanks for any suggestions. I will be so disappointed if I kill this thoughtful gift.
Ruth
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sooby
Jan 10, 2017 12:07 PM CST
Could you be over or under watering it? I've found that rosemary in a house tends to need more water than one might think and if it gets very dry it won't recover, but of course you don't want to give it too much either.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jan 10, 2017 1:10 PM CST
Hi Ruth -- it also needs more light than a north window will give it -- I'd suggest a south window or under a grow light. I've had the best luck overwintering plants that are in a "self-watering" type of pot; as Sue said, they do tend to need more water than you would expect! I have a couple of plants that I've kept through several winters in a south-facing window in our "workshop," which stays around 55F during the coldest winter temps. When I tried to keep them in our (much warmer) sunroom they put on quite a bit of spindly new growth that I had to cut back.
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RuthE
Jan 12, 2017 10:44 AM CST
Thank-you for the advice. I'll try moving it into my workshop which is cooler and use a grow light with it. And if I can dig out a self-watering pot (most are in storage that is not accessible in the winter) I will try that too. Thank You! Crossing Fingers!
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jan 12, 2017 6:39 PM CST
@RuthE -- and here's the thing -- if it doesn't work this year, that doesn't mean it won't work next year; try, try again! Smiling
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RickM
Jan 12, 2017 6:42 PM CST
One more thing Ruth. Those plants are usually VERY root bound. You might try repotting it up one or two sizes to give the roots some breathing room.

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