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Julie K15-Jan-03 06:42 PM EST 3b   
Nancy15-Jan-03 08:43 PM EST 5   
Nancy15-Jan-03 08:44 PM EST 5   
Susan15-Jan-03 08:57 PM EST 6a   


Subject: rosemary bush
From: Julie K
Zone: 3b
Date: 15-Jan-03 06:42 PM EST

I received a fragrant rosemary bush that looks like a tiny christmas tree. I may have overwatered it initially but it still does not look healthy. It is quite brown and the needles are falling off. Any suggestions on how to take care of this kind of plant?


Subject: RE: rosemary bush
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 15-Jan-03 08:43 PM EST

Hi Julie,

I have overwintered a rosemary indoors for the last 4 year running with varying success. No matter what you do they are going to drop at least some leaves. From trial and error, I‘ve found they seem to like it reasonably dry but cool, and with as high a light as possible. Mine is in the basement (at about 55oF) under flourescent lights .... so far so good. Let it dry out a fair bit between waterings. Mine gets watered no more frequently than every 3 weeks or so.

Good luck!


Subject: RE: rosemary bush
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 15-Jan-03 08:44 PM EST

Hi Julie,

I have overwintered a rosemary indoors for the last 4 year running with varying success. No matter what you do they are going to drop at least some leaves. From trial and error, I‘ve found they seem to like it reasonably dry but cool, and with as high a light as possible. Mine is in the basement (at about 55oF) under flourescent lights .... so far so good. Let it dry out a fair bit between waterings. Mine gets watered no more frequently than every 3 weeks or so.

Good luck!


Subject: RE: rosemary bush
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 15-Jan-03 08:57 PM EST

To add to Nancy's comments...you might be best to take cuttings from the best looking parts and root them to start new plants. Once they're rooted and growing well, don't overwater or fertilize too much. Rosemary naturally grows in very sunny, hot, dry conditions in poor soil so don't pamper it too much!


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