Rosemary Plants
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growing rosemary plants

Zone zone 7 | naturekeeper added on January 19, 2014 | Answered

When I have purchased my rosemary plants even from nurseries, within a couple days they turn brown. I have check the roots and made sure of the water requirements and getting sun when I have planted indoors. What can be happening and can the plants still survive? I trim them back as one nursery told me. Also, when growing outdoors they turn brown. I live in Forestdale, Alabama - part of Birmingham zone 7.

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    Heather
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    Answered on January 20, 2014

    If they are bought from different nurseries, I would guess that the issue is likely watering. While you may think you are giving the plant the right amount of water, the water may not be reaching the roots. If you are allowing the rootball to dry out completely before watering, the soil can actually start to repel the water, which prevents it from getting to the roots.

    Never allow the rootball to go completely dry. If this does happen by accident, soak the plant's container completely submerged in water for about 10 minutes to force it to take water in again.

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