Ask Better Homes & Gardens

Experts and BHG readers answer.

Rosemary over wintering

I love my Rosemary, and bring it in every fall. It is few and far between before it starts to die. Around the middle of March. I live in zone 5 (MI)the Metro Detroit area.I have triedkeeping it in the kitchen (S. window) this year in the livingroom S. window. The plants are a pretty good size.I am a pretty good gardener,have been gardening for almost 20 yrs. Help Love Rosemary. Katherine
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Hi Katherine,

Thanks for writing. Rosemary can be tricky to keep going all year. Keep in mind that it is a Mediterranean plant -- and as such, it likes it on the dry side. The most common reason indoor rosemary plants fail is that they're watered too much. It's best to let the top couple of inches or so of the soil dry between waterings.

Also: Make sure your rosemary gets plenty of light. In your area, they can take direct sun from a south- or west-facing window.

Keep an eye out for disease, too. It's extremely common for rosemary to suffer downy mildew, a disease that looks like there's white fuzz growing on the leaves. If you see downy mildew, cut back on the watering a bit and run a fan near the rosemary to help provide good air circulation.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor,

Community Answers


Answer this Question

Enter an Answer to this Question

500 characters left