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My Rosemary Balancing Act

By January 8, 2013

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If you brought your rosemary plant inside for the winter, here's my mid-winter reminder to check on it. It's about time for your plant to either start drying out or getting mildew.  The low humidity in houses can quickly take its toll on rosemary needles, especially if your plant is under a warm plant light.

And on the flip side, even if you've been good about keeping it watered, you can still wind up with mildew. Now's the time to get your rosemary in top shape, because it's one of the first plants to get moved back outdoors; rosemary loves the chilly spring temperatures. In fact, if you're having mild weather, let your plant enjoy the day outside. Just don't forget to bring it back in.

If you haven't been snipping too many branches for cooking, your rosemary should burst into beautiful blue blossoms in the spring. Once the blooms fade, your rosemary will benefit from a light trim and feeding. If it's in a pot, spring is also a good time to freshen the soil. And if you don't have a rosemary plant, why not? It's such a luxurious indulgence for so little money or effort. You really should try growing rosemary.

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January 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm
(1) Chris says:

Not sure if it’s the relatively mild weather this winter or if I’ve found a sneaky spot, but my rosemary has been outside all winter in zone 5 (Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan). It sits on a little ledge just outside of a large window that receives a good bit of sun. I think the real benefit is warmth leeching from the house (under the pot) and the window behind the plant. I throw a handful of snow up on the pot to slowly melt into it every week or two and it’s still green and looking happy enough.
Our bitterly could weather SHOULD be happening right now and next month, but we’re looking at 50 degrees or something crazy this weekend, so this isn’t necessarily the best winter to test this theory, but if I have a healthy, large, established rosemary plant next spring I’ll be happy regardless – I’ve tried to over-winter inside with mixed results…they usually dry up and die.

January 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm
(2) Marie Iannotti says:

Wow, outdoor rosemary in Michigan. Nice!

We’re having a short January thaw here in NY, too. I’ve been hauling my plant in and out for the last couple of days, but I haven’t been as brave as you. I’m thinking of moving it to the garage, since they are much happier outdoors. I hope yours keeps going. It gives me hope.

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