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RE: growing rosemary in a pot (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: BioTomato on 04.11.2012 at 08:35 pm in Herbs Forum

Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb, so it needs full sun. Keeping it indoors is not an option. Rosemary also prefers dryer soil and likes to dry out between waterings, So watering more once or twice a week(or when soil is dry to first knuckle of finger). I don't think it really "likes" humidity. I've never had rosemary dry out, so i'm guessing the wind is dry out the plants faster. Mulching is a great idea for the wind, but try making a windbreak, like hanged panes of plexiglass or planting things like bamboo. Keep using plastic if plants dry out faster. Feeding with a weak fertilizer once in a while might help the plant to be stronger.


clipped on: 04.12.2012 at 12:24 pm    last updated on: 04.12.2012 at 12:24 pm

RE: growing rosemary in a pot (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: rhizo_1 on 04.11.2012 at 10:47 pm in Herbs Forum

I'll suggest some other possibilities. First is that you might be watering it too much. I consider Rosemary an almost xeric plant, really preferring to dry somewhat between waterings. If the root system is kept too wet for too long, it will rot. When that begins to happen the plant will begin to exhibit symptoms of dessication....drying out.

Also, I strongly suggest that you leave the compost OUT of your potting mix. It will only fill the macropores with small particles, one more thing that can make it difficult for a plant to take up water and access oxygen at the roots. Gravel serves no purpose at all in a container, but does eliminate some of the root space that the plant might need. Not necessary, not for any containerized plant.

Another thing to look into is that Rosemary can be a real spider mite magnet. If you aren't aware of that, all you will notice is that your plants just turn into dry sticks before you know it.

Please ditch the dome idea, too. Any plant would broil under a glass dome if placed outside for even a few hours. considering that rosemary is a full sun plant....yikes!


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