Do rosemary plants go dormant in the fall and winter?

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  1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
    Just Ask Susanposted 3 years ago

    Do rosemary plants go dormant in the fall and winter?

    If they do should I just keep watering it and is it okay to have it sitting by a window? Should I cut it back?

  2. Jackie Lynnley profile image91
    Jackie Lynnleyposted 3 years ago

    If you have it in a pot it shouldn't die or even outside unless you live in a very cold climate. They are sort of an evergreen and if you could you may want to stick yours outside. I haven't had any luck keeping any inside. They do really well for a few weeks but I think they really like the outdoors and sticking those roots down deep. I love rosemary! So easy to get starts from too so you have rosemary everywhere! Just break off a twig and stick it in water or dirt and I haven't done this in winter so may need to wait for warm weather for that.

    1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
      Just Ask Susanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Jackie. I live in southern Ontario and winter is cold here.

    2. Jackie Lynnley profile image91
      Jackie Lynnleyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Ah, well, must wait for someone up there to answer then. Sorry. What zone are you? I think it goes to 6 or 7. But no I wouldn't cut it back...just use it as you need it and it grows back.

  3. LongTimeMother profile image94
    LongTimeMotherposted 3 years ago

    I have rosemary growing in different parts of my garden, Susan, each with a different microclimate. Yes, mine go dormant in the winter but manage to show new life each spring - except for one planted quite close to the house which surprised me by staying  'alive' all through winter.

    I don't get snow here, but I do get very harsh frosts.

    If you keep yours indoors (which I've never done) I would say yes, water it. Rain falls outside during my winter. smile

    1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
      Just Ask Susanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you!

  4. liesl5858 profile image87
    liesl5858posted 3 years ago

    I have rosemary plant in my back garden near a fence. It has been there since we bought our home 14 years ago. I just keep cutting back the leaves and twigs as it grows taller. I think rosemary plant can survive any season and is tolerant to snow, rain and the cold weather. It is still there after 14 years and I don't even do a lot to it.

  5. tirelesstraveler profile image77
    tirelesstravelerposted 3 years ago

    Rosemary does as long as it gets water.  Drought took my rosemary this summer.  It was more than ten years old. Too much traveling is bad for the garden, but good for the traveler.

  6. OldRoses profile image95
    OldRosesposted 3 years ago

    Susan, if you live in Ontario, your climate is too cold to leave rosemary outside year round.  Most rosemary is only hardy through USDA zone 7.  Some claim to be hardy through zone 6, but that is only in sheltered locations.  You should grow your rosemary in a container that you can bring indoors in the winter.  Put it in the sunniest window you have and water it sparingly.  Rosemary likes to be dry.  It will continue to grow and even bloom indoors in the winter.   Light is the key.  Rosemary need lots of sunlight.  You can prune it if you wish, but you will be sacrificing flowers if you prune now.  Rosemary normally blooms in the early spring.  It is recommended that you wait until after it finishes blooming in the spring to prune it.  Let me know if you have any other questions.  I am a garden writer and speaker specializing in herbs.  I have an entire website devoted to herbs.

    1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
      Just Ask Susanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I do have it in a sunny window right now and thank you so much!

  7. suzzycue profile image91
    suzzycueposted 3 years ago

    There is one in the  Shakespeare Gardens in Stratford. It is about a three foot rosemary tree and they take it in before winter strikes. Bet you are buried in snow right about now LOL

  8. RTalloni profile image91
    RTalloniposted 3 years ago

    It probably would like very much to be by a window during an Ontario winter!  See … ndoors.htm

    Remember, rosemary does not like wet feet!


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