Why do my rosemary plants die every winter?
January 12, 2008 9:22 PM Subscribe
Help my rosemary plant live through the winter!
posted by slogger to home & garden (15 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Another winter is passing, another rosemary plant is dying. Every year we grow potted herbs outside, then bring them in before the first frost. Every year my rosemary shrivels and dies right in the middle of January. This year we had a nice, large, 2-foot tall rosemary plant that I was determined to keep alive through the winter. I brought it in and kept it well watered and in a sunny, south-facing window. But now the death has set in--dry, spindly sprigs that look like and unloved Christmas tree.
So what are we doing wrong? Our other plants and herbs are doing well--the parsley is actually growing! If it makes a difference, we live in the St. Louis, where the winters are cold-to-mild and summers hot. But this has happened in warmer as well as cooler climes. Is there some secret to keeping rosemary alive inside during the winter?