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Moving Rosemary

Posted by momovtwo 8 Central TX (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 31, 12 at 18:23

Hi All!
I have a declining raised bed (4 yr pallet wood) and I think this will be the last season the box survives. The only thing in the bed that is perennial is my beautiful 3' Rosemary. I'd like to give it a permanent home in the ground, but I'm not sure when the best time to do this might be. It needs a haircut, but I don't want to cut it back if I should be transplanting it. Advice?


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RE: Moving Rosemary

I'd want to move it in the fall or winter, rather than right before the advent of the heat of summer. As a rule, plants should never be cut back prior to transplanting....they need each and every leaf (the energy factories of a plant) to help produce more new roots after they are replanted.

It used to a common practice to prune the top to compensate for root loss, but we are a lot smarter now. We know that that is the worst thing we can do.


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RE: Moving Rosemary

Thank you! I'll wait until fall to move it and harvest about 1/3 (and make a few new starts while I'm at it) now :)


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RE: Moving Rosemary

In the mean time you could take cuttings to start more plants. Then if it should die from being moved you will have more to replace the plant.


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RE: Moving Rosemary

  • Posted by jolj 7b/8a (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 17, 12 at 2:10

rhizo 1 is right, but the cut back rule was so the top would not die back. The best way to prevent that is to move in the winter & keep the plant top & soil damp for a week or two.
I worked with a plant man who had to move plant in the S.C. summer & the water treatment saved ALL the plant we moved.


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RE: Moving Rosemary

IMHO, rosemary is hard to move, successfully. I don't think I ever have, actually. Especially when they get big! good luck to you though, and like the others said, wait a bit! :)
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RE: Moving Rosemary

  • Posted by jll0306 9/ Sunset 18/High De (My Page) on
    Sat, May 19, 12 at 0:06

We moved a large rosemary bush in early February, when it was in full bloom. We drug it across the yard on a tarp and replanted it in our alkaline soil, then watered daily for the first couple of months. Though I had heard that rosemary could not be divided, a chunk of the rootball broke off and we planted it, too. They are both thriving.

Jan


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RE: Moving Rosemary

  • Posted by jll0306 9/ Sunset 18/High De (My Page) on
    Sat, May 19, 12 at 0:11

We moved a large rosemary bush in early February, when it was in full bloom. We drug it across the yard on a tarp and replanted it in our alkaline soil, then watered daily for the first couple of months. Though I had heard that rosemary could not be divided, a chunk of the rootball broke off and we planted it, too. They are both thriving.

Jan


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