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I have been out in the garden today tidying up, and noticed that my rosemary, planted last spring, now look dead, it is dried up. Is it possible that the harsh winter has killed it?

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  • Posted: Tue. 23rd March 2010 15:25

Rosmarinus officinalis

Reply from Katy Elton

Dear Rebecca,

Whilst rosemary is frost hardy, a combination of the very long, cold winter we've experienced this year, and the fact that it was a young plant may well mean that it has suffered frost damage.

There may yet be a chance that it will recover however. Wait til all danger of frost has passed, and cut back the damaged growth. With any luck you may find that you get some new growth. If not I'm afraid you may find yourself having to replace the plant.

If you do replace it, it may be worth giving the new plant some frost protection next winter, as young plants can be less hardy than when fully established. A thick mulch and layer of horticultural fleece should do the trick.

Hope this helps, fingers crossed your specimen makes a good recovery! Let us know how you get on.


  • Posted: Tue. 23rd March 2010 17:34

Rosematinus officinalis

Reply from rebecca wingar

Thanks for the info Key, i'm afraid it may be past saving, although it had grown well even though it is a new plant. It is completely dry, but I will cut it back and see what happens.

Thanks again

  • Posted: Tue. 23rd March 2010 19:09