Winter Savory

leira(6 MA)November 23, 2009

I was just given a Winter Savory plant, and I'm wondering whether to plant it outdoors now, or try to over-Winter it indoors, and put it out in the Spring.

I'm in zone 6, in the Boston area. We've had a couple of frosts, but the really cold weather hasn't set in yet. Of course, this being New England, the really cold weather could set in tomorrow, for all I know...there's really no way to be sure.

The plant is desperately in need of re-potting, in any case, as it's in a pot that's far too small, and it's badly rootbound.

The plant has been living indoors recently, and has a bit of new growth on it, which makes me concerned about trying to establish it outdoors.

What do you all think?

Thanks!

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marlingardener

Leira,
We are in zone 8b in Texas, so take that into account in considering my advice. We have winter savory in the ground, evergreen and a wonderful herb.
In your case I would put it in the ground in a protected area, loosening the roots to correct the rootbound situation, and making sure it is well settled in. If there are freezing temps during the week after you plant it, turn a plastic pot over it to cover it overnight. The new growth is going to be lost, but don't worry, you'll get more in the spring.
Winter savory roots in where a branch touches the ground, so you can propagate it easily.
More people should grow and use winter savory. You're smart to get some!

    Bookmark   November 23, 2009 at 4:49PM
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