I purchased a very nice potted Rosemary bush yesterday and when I was transplanting it from the container, the roots were extremely tight, over grown and the roots are rust colored. HELP, what's wrong?
Rosemary the Herb
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Yes, Rosemary plants are very prone to becoming root-bound, and the rust color could be something as simple as the soil content or mineral content of the water used for watering. When you transplant it, you can take gardening shears, a hand-shovel or even an old kitchen butter knife and make very light diagonal "hashes" across sides and bottom of the root bundle to loosen it up a bit before placing it in the new soil. These plants like to stay a little bit on the dry side, so if the roots are very wet, watch your watering for a few days and it should be fine.
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