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Q.Rosemary Not Growing Roots System

STENLY added on May 27, 2021 | Answered

Hello, I have few pots of rosemary. They are few years old, and seem doing okay (aside from being leggy not bushing upwards). I live in the tropics, I don’t overwater them, plant them in a very loose fast draining soil (mixture of potting mix, small gravel of volcanic rocks, and dried fern stems). Recently two out of 4 drooped and eventually died. And when I removed them from the pots, they don’t seem to grow great deal amount of root system (very shallow). I saw videos when people repotting their rosemary, the pot is filled with roots. And mine barely has any… the whatever roots there don’t seem turned mushy and rotting (root rot) Any suggestion, or what did I do wrong? Thanks

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Answered on May 27, 2021

Unfortunately, without photos it would be hard to say. They aren't very picky about their conditions, except for overwatering. That will stunt them, and can cause infection. They cannot tolerate, even, moist soils. They will prefer dry, rocky, and poor soil.

This brings me to my next point. Many potting soils are very high in nutrients. Rosemary will not tolerate rich soils, since they originate from rocky cliff sides.

While I cannot give a diagnosis without seeing the situation, I can provide some of our articles that will offer some tips on their care:


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