Let's be frank. Rosemary is a difficult plant to winter. If you live in an
area where the winter temps don't go below 10 degrees Farenheight, cross your fingers and leave
it in the ground. If your ground freezes, a mulch of something really airy, like evergreen boughs
your Christms tree!) or straw will be a good idea. If you live somewhere
where the ground doesn't freeze.....man, we're coming to spend January with you! LOL!
If, however, you live in a chilly spot like New England, you can overwinter
rosemary inside IF you've kept it in a pot during the summer. (If you planted it in the ground, digging it up is going to make this MUCH
more difficult -
we recommend buying a new rosemary plant at your local greenhouse to winter
the house.) Here's what you need to
During the late summer/early fall, make sure the plant is in a big enough
rosemary will die indoors if it is potbound. Terra cotta pots are a good choice for
other cranky plants. Use a good quality, light, well drained potting mix -
is really good, if you can find it.
- Keep rosemary in a room with bright light but cool temps (50 degrees is
Yes, that 's tough to find in most modern homes , but you were warned
was a cranky plant!
- Despite the needle-like leaves, rosemary is NOT related to the cactus
family. Water when the surface of the soil dries out. If the air is
really dry, it
doesn't hurt to mist the foliage occasionally.
- Don't worry much about fertilizer from November through January - light
are too low for plants to grow much. If you'll feel better feeding your
1/2 strength fertilizer once or twice a month. Once we get to February,
feeding plants once a week.
- Keep an eye on the roots, especially once the days start to lengthen, and if
get crowded, repot the plant pronto! Repeat after me: "Potbound rosemary