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Old December 16, 2015   #16
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Originally Posted by ScottinAtlanta View Post
I root rosemary by cutting several branches, putting them in a vase for decoration and scent on my desk, and a few weeks later, planting them. Nothing to it.
Whoa. I didn't realize it was that easy either! Guess what I'm doing tomorrow....
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Old December 16, 2015   #17
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Didn't protect my rosemary last year, came through winter OK. It was 13 degrees this morning, maybe I should give it some protection ?
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Old December 16, 2015   #18
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While I cannot say for sure, I believe duration the ground is frozen and duration at extreme temperatures probably plays the biggest effect. Especially wind at those conditions. Here in Wisconsin, even a warm winter the chances of over wintering Rosemary is slim to none.
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Old December 21, 2015   #19
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My hardy rosemary (can't remember if it was arp or hill hardy) didn't make it planted outdoors last winter. It is very easy to start plants from cuttings and keep them going indoors. I use soil to root. Their enemy is dry hear so steer clear of that and you will have plenty of rosemary to tend to this winter.

I've never had success keeping the rosemary sold as a christmas tree alive. As soon as it leaves Lowes its a gonner. It is also labeled not for culinary use.

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Old December 27, 2015   #20
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In over 10 years I've had one rosemary overwinter once in the garden - it must have been an amazing combination of snowfall and temperature and will probably never happen again. I always keep 3 of the plants in a large (and heavy) pot in the driveway. It is perfectly happy until about -10 C, below that and I drag it into the garage, putting it back out if there is a stretch of warmer weather. When the weather turns permanently cold, it stays in the unlighted garage and occasionally gets a few handfuls of snow for moisture. Back outside when the weather warms up and it's good to go.
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