Overwintering Rosemary


Overwintering rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is quite easy if you have enough available light and are diligent to not let them dry out. I recommend potting them up from the garden before danger of frost and putting them in glazed ceramic containers or foam based planters. Terra cotta drys out very quickly in a heated space. I have lost many rosemary plants in the winter due to drying out. Rosemary is very unforgiving.

Use a peat based potting mix with some sand mixed in so that the water soaks through the roots evenly. Rosemary does not like wet feet so be sure to provide good drainage. Adequate light is essential. My rosemary plants are situated in front of my south facing french doors to bask in the winter sun. I also use tiny pebbles on the surface of the soil to act as mulch to help keep the moisture in.


Happy Potting! It is such a treat to enjoy your own fresh herbs in the winter.

A wonderful recipe for using fresh sage and rosemary from the garden is  Tuscan Herb Seasoning. Simple and savory… you will love it!

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