Every summer I grow rosemary in a pot outside. When the weather turns
cold, I bring the pot inside. The plant does well for a couple more
months, then dies every time. (One time it bloomed, then died.) What
can I do?
It's a mediterrannean plant, home on the slopes of sunny mountains; it
CANNOT take standing water.
Also, depending on where you are, you might want to get a rosemary
variety called 'Arp' -- that one can take hard frosts, and you could
then skip the indoor bit.
Henriette Kress, AHG Helsinki, Finland
Henriette's herbal homepage: http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed
IIRC the name of rosemary is Latin based and means "dew of the sea"
therefore it will do well in Mediterranean conditions ie. warm to hot,
sunny, well drained. One of those at least is probably missing from what
you are giving your plants.
That's good for the summer, what's missing is that the Mediterranean biome
has cool, moist winters. My rosemary does fine in the ground outside, even
though we occasionally get a day or two of snow. Perhaps it's the lack of
being outside during the cool?
I also bring Rosemary in for the winter, but mine always last one winter
very well, then die the 2nd. Mine is almost dead right now. I have it in a
clay pot at least 12".
I recently spoke to a green roof expert; his theory is that the Rosemary may
actually live through a winter if it is brought out of the soil, like into a
garage, because what actually kills some of these plants in this climate is
the wet dampness freezing the roots. Next year I will bring it inside the
garage, which is NOT heated. My French Terragon has lasted for years this
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