rosemary in colder zones

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  1. tara

    tara Amity's Focus Member

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    I'm in zone 6a, where rosemary generally doesn't survive outside as a perennial. Is this always true? is there a way I can help it to survive in my garden through the winter? I just got a bunch of rosemary plants at a wholesale place and would love to put them in the ground instead of in pots.

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    I've wondered the same thing. We are also in zone 6. My Rosemary always dies by December. I have a new plant here, a bush actually. Has anyone ever planted it and then pulled it out of the ground in October to plant in a pot?

    I'm never good with containers. How big a pot do you need? I always think you if you were to turn the plant upside down, it should fit in pot. Does it need to be bigger than this?
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    I am in zone 6 and my rosemary, thyme, oregano,mint, lavender ect all come back in the spring.

    Right now the lav, lemon balm, oregano & thyme are bigger, fuller & more beautiful than when first planted. The rosemary is coming in nicely also, but not fully in yet. Mint is coming back more slowly, but it won't be long.

    I have lots of herbs & flowers directly planted in the ground and they all come back.

    I also stripped the seeds off of the basil in the winter and now have quite a number of small basil plants coming in.
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    I was hoping mine would. I jsut pulled it out of the ground last week. Nothing. Deader than dead.

    Maybe it's because I am about 10-15 miles from zone 5.

    Can you put a bucket on them for the winter or would that kill it for sure?
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    Just double checked my zone to be sure & I am also 6a and my rosemary planted directly in the ground dies off in winter, but does come back in spring.
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    Mine will look completely dead, but if left alone does come back. Right now about half of the plant is brown & the other half nice, new green rosemary.
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    what did you search for come up with the "a". All of the planting zone maps I saw just had whole numbers.

    and if you are at the high end of 6 and I am at the low end bordering 5, then that is almost a whole 10 degrees. That is probably why.
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    Oooo! According to that map, I'm 6b. :)

    I was thinking that if I planted these bordering a brick patio that the bricks would help create a microclimate in the colder months (bricks absorb the heat from the sun and then radiate it a bit overnight).

    I never have a problem with my lavendar and mint coming back each year, but have never had luck with the rosemary. But I'm going to try it this year!

    Tara
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    I'm in zone five. I put my rosemary in a pot and brought it in during the winter. It doesn't look great after a winter inside, but it's alive. :)

    I have mint, oregano, sage, and lavender that all do fine. I know there are some lavenders that don't do well in colder climates, though.
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    I'm 4b. Rosemary has no chance at being anything but an annual here. I have dreams of bringing one in and keeping it from year to year but I kill off houseplants like you wouldn't believe. I plant some new ones outside each spring and enjoy them through the summer. :)
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    Well, I'm going to give it a go this year by planting it in a protected area. I'm also going to keep my eye out for giant glass cloches. I mean, Martha Stewart just finds them at tag sales everywhere, right? They must be available in abundance. ;)

    Tara
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    I have lavender that comes back in my zone 5b without fail.
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    I overwintered a lavender plant this winter and it seems to be coming back. :)

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