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eaglefeather1
Apr 4, 2017 2:11 PM CST
I planted rosemary about a month ago in the yard-well drained area. It was about 2 feet tall. Now the whole top is brown and crispy. I cut the brown parts partially down. I have been told not not to water it, however I think it is burning up!!. I live close to Houston texas and the weather today is 87. Some one told me it likes lime. I bought a bag but have not used it. what can I do to help this poor thing survive?
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lovemyhouse
Apr 4, 2017 2:16 PM CST
I have two rosemary shrubs, and would water it to keep the soil damp until it establishes itself.
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PlantMania
Apr 4, 2017 2:36 PM CST
OH HOW I FEEL YOU PAIN

I live up past Tomball and I have yet to find a rosemary that I can keep alive Crying Crying

I see it everywhere - huge bushes - bring some home - DIES, go to a nursery and buy plants - DIES , water it - DIES, don't water - DIES

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Baja_Costero
Apr 4, 2017 2:58 PM CST
You need to water the plant after you install it and thereafter maybe once a week. That's how often I water my rosemary and it's getting so big that I have to keep pruning it back. Maybe you would water more often in really hot and dry weather, I don't know. It's not a needy plant here, but it does much much better when I water it semi-regularly. Especially compared to the succulents in the garden which require much less attention.
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sooby
Apr 4, 2017 4:36 PM CST
Welcome!

Definitely water it, rosemary gets thirstier than you might think. I have lost one or two as potted plants in the house by not paying enough attention to watering. I have one now and it's doing OK but has told me several times even in winter on a sunny windowsill that it needs water before I thought it should have.

I would not add lime unless you know for sure your soil pH is below about 6. Some parts of Texas have a high soil pH and adding lime will push it even higher.
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tarev
Apr 4, 2017 4:40 PM CST
I agree when it is a new plant with roots and transplanted in ground, need to water it thoroughly first so it can acclimate till it gets established. I know..that term till it gets established is so vague..but you will see it as it finally makes newer leaves and there is more perkier vigor in its growth. It does not happen overnight, so you have to be patient and diligent in watering. There are more outdoor factors that will hasten dry up time and got to help the plant get used to it and to its new growing area in the meantime.
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Bonehead
Apr 4, 2017 4:43 PM CST
I cannot grow rosemary, even though I live in a temperate climate and often see it as a full-grown shrub in my area. I've tried all different varieties, especially anything with 'hardy' in its name, to no avail. The weird thing is they all seem to grow fine the summer I plant them out, put on good growth, and over-winter just fine (staying evergreen), then all of a sudden in early spring they just up and die. Crispy, brown, dead. I just consider them an annual and plan to harvest and dry some for the brief period (early spring to early summer) that I don't have fresh to pick.
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Baja_Costero
Apr 4, 2017 5:40 PM CST
Interesting to hear these different perspectives. I guess I have sort of taken my rosemary for granted. Smiling It tends to be kind of a weed around here, maybe thanks to our mild and mostly dry climate. I included it in my mostly succulent garden because it has similar needs, stays green, and makes pretty flowers. The culinary benefits were secondary, actually.

I have always assumed (for what it's worth) that one of these plants would not be "established" here, in our dry climate, before it experienced its first rainy season. There's something about rain which is a quantum leap better than well water. I like to baby my plants after I install them (which for me is giving maybe a gallon of water a week to non-trees) but they seem to be much less needy about regular water once they have been properly watered in by mother nature. Presumably rain is not limiting near Houston.
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McCannon
Apr 4, 2017 6:00 PM CST
I've grown rosemary from cuttings and my understanding is that it doesn't like it's roots in standing water. If your soil drains well I would't think that would be a problem, but we have clay here and it doesn't drain well at all so I plant my rosemary cuttings in a very porous mix of vermiculite, pearlite, and peat moss. They all do well.
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PlantMania
Apr 4, 2017 6:43 PM CST
Ok - don't say I didn't warn you...

I know you will all want my secret to how I keep them so lovely looking

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lovemyhouse
Apr 4, 2017 6:51 PM CST
Owie
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McCannon
Apr 4, 2017 6:54 PM CST
lovemyhouse said:Owie


No kidding Sad .

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Weedwhacker
Apr 4, 2017 7:25 PM CST
LOL, Stewart -- that looks only a little worse than one that I have overwintering in my house... it will perk back up somewhat when it gets back outside, but it still kind of resembles a tree that has been growing on a dry, windswept mountain Whistling
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Name: Stewart
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PlantMania
Apr 4, 2017 7:55 PM CST
Hey eagle, Don't give up - I will continue to try and try again. I hope yours turns out better than mine (then I can come down and get a cutting) ;)

Sandy - that's unfortunately two different plants I am ashamed to say. [Edited because I was typing in my sleep] - Sandy, What is unfortunate, is that the two photos are two different plants :(
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