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Talanoa
Apr 29, 2018 7:52 PM CST
My rosemary plant is dying and I'm not sure what to do. The leaves are going brown.
I googled it and one of the reasons given is that I might be over watering or under watering it. It has been raining so I haven't been watering it. I am just starting a herb garden so have no idea how much or how often I should water my plants.

The pot was under a palm tree (have been there over a year) but now wondering whether I should move it out to a sunnier place. It is autumn here 18C/ 24C (65F / 75F) so not sure whether that has anything to do with it dying.

Please help me save it. Thank you

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ctcarol
Apr 29, 2018 8:35 PM CST
Rosemary needs full sun, and fast draining soil. Once established, it is very draught tolerant.
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Calif_Sue
Apr 29, 2018 10:49 PM CST

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It looks like too much moisture and not enough sun. You can do hard pruning, cut back by perhaps half. You could try rooting the tips, stripping off the needles on the lower branches.
It would do better in the ground. It does need full sun but sun on a black pot could also cook the roots.
I rarely water rosemary in the ground so it gets watered when it rains in the winter months.
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Talanoa
Apr 29, 2018 10:59 PM CST
Calif_Sue said:It looks like too much moisture and not enough sun. You can do hard pruning, cut back by perhaps half. You could try rooting the tips, stripping off the needles on the lower branches.
It would do better in the ground. It does need full sun but sun on a black pot could also cook the roots.
I never water rosemary so it only gets watered when it rains in the winter months.


Thank you for your help. I wish I waited - I watered it again this morning as I thought it was dry. Its currently getting about 1 to 2 hrs of full sun so i will move it into a sunny spot as its not very hot here now.

Sue what does 'rooting the tips' do? If I strip the needles - it will be just a wooden branch?

I have some cuttings from a friend's very healthy plant so i will put those into the ground.


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Talanoa
Apr 29, 2018 11:01 PM CST
ctcarol said:Rosemary needs full sun, and fast draining soil. Once established, it is very draught tolerant.


Thank you. I'll move my plant into the sun. I'll check to see whether the water is draining out the bottom next time it rains as I think I've been over watering it.

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Calif_Sue
Apr 29, 2018 11:09 PM CST

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Cutting the plant in half and then taking the healthiest cuttings/tips and rooting them.
I have lost rosemary planted in too heavy clay soil, too much rain and the roots suffocated/rotted and the entire plant died.
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Talanoa
Apr 29, 2018 11:12 PM CST
Calif_Sue said:Cutting the plant in half and then taking the healthiest cuttings/tips and rooting them.
I have lost rosemary planted in too heavy clay soil, too much rain and the roots suffocated/rotted and the entire plant died.


Thank you - I understand now. I got 3 very healthy cuttings from my friend so will try again - this time will try planting in the ground.

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