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Bring rosemary in at 50 degrees?

Posted by NotACoolGardener 8 (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 27, 11 at 22:16

Hey, I can't use a computer to get an answer at all right now.

I thought - you are supposed to bring Rosemary indoors when nights get 50 degrees. Because 50 degree weather stunts Rosemary's growth?

Am I right about that? What other plants do you have to bring in at 50, 40 , ?

Anyways, thanks.


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RE: Bring rosemary in at 50 degrees?

Not sure where you are, but I'm also in zone 8 and rosemary is a perennial here, evergreen. It sounds like yours is in a pot. Do you have a piece of ground where you could give your rosemary a permanent home?


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RE: Bring rosemary in at 50 degrees?

Rosemary will take a freeze and certainly won't be bothered by 50 degrees. 50f will not 'stunt its growth' any more than winter 'stunts the growth' of any evergreen. In climates where it is hardy it will obviously stop growing in the winter but it will remain evergreen. You don't actually want it to grow actively in the winter because fresh growth is more likely to be killed by sub freezing temps. Even if your climate has prolonged low sub freezing temps you should try to have your rosemary outdoors as long and as often as possible weather permitting. It is not a happy indoor plant.


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RE: Bring rosemary in at 50 degrees?

I live in Northern Alabama where the winter temperatures always hit the low teens in the winter. Rosemary is often planted as an ornamental shrub! It's a really an evergreen woody shrub, and is quite hardy....certainly in a zone 8 climate.

We've had winter temps in the single digits and had some top die back, but the plant came back stronger than ever in the spring.


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RE: Bring rosemary in at 50 degrees?

If you're growing it in a pot, it will probably survive better if you bury the pot in the ground for the winter up to the rim than if you simply leave the pot outdoors above ground.


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RE: Bring rosemary in at 50 degrees?

I never have any problems overwintering Rosemary in my WET/HUMID Zone 7. They have even become hedges and flower annually--despite last winter's COLD/WET & SNOWY conditions. I would suggest you plant them in a sandy, well-draining soil in full sun if planted outside.--Southern exposure in a raised bed is ideal. Zone 7 seems to be cold hardiness limit otherwise they are carefree and easy. And, do not fertilize them--they like low fertility soils.


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RE: Bring rosemary in at 50 degrees?

I'm not sure how cold rosemary can get, but mine is in the group year-round, and it gets close to freezing in the winter. Rosemary is used in landscaping a lot in zones 9 and 10.

Here is a link that might be useful: What's Growing On?


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RE: Bring rosemary in at 50 degrees?

The cultivar Arps is said to be hardiest. I have planted these and unnamed varieties without problems. In the worst of winters, you might get some minor die back in zone 7 but they quickly recuperate. My winter MINIMUMS are in the upper teens on average but average minimums are in the mid/upper 20's during the coldest months but it can get down into the single digits on occasion--and they have been completely buried in snow for days on end. As a houseplant, they ALWAYS died on me so now I don't hesitate to plant any Rosemary variety in the ground--especially as they the local deer HATE them and don't do them any damage--ever. If your zone is marginal and you are concerned, then plant in a warm microclimate. You'd be surprised with how much you push gardening zones but exploiting protected areas around your home. Good luck!


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