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Rosemary hardiness in CT?

Stratford, CT(Zone 6b)

I have several rosemary plants that I have been growing in pots for years. This year, I finally decided to plant them in the ground as they were getting too big for their pots and finding space for them indoors has gotten very challenging. My concern is whether or not these plants will survive the winter outdoors, how much mulch I should be using on them and whether or not I should cut them back. I am in zone 6b and have read mixed reviews about rosemary in my area and any local/regional help is greatly appreciated.

Long Island, NY(Zone 6b)

I had one survive this last winter - I mulched it real good. It is also planted by the stone patio - so I wonder if that helped as well

Wheatfield, NY(Zone 6a)

I just bought a rosemary 'Arp' and I'm going to give it a try. wish I could be more help. I'm going to put it in a sheltered place near some large boulders. Figured it would stop the wind and help hold some heat.

Long Island, NY(Zone 6b)

I think I am going to try and mulch and burlap one of the plants this year. The potted one I will bring inside and do cuttings like I did last year.

W Hartford, CT(Zone 6a)

I've never had one survive the winter here in West Hartford - even in a sheltered alcove.....

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Very infrequently have I had any make it over winter and 'Arp' was a big disappointment. Heat does help and I've read that rocks (many rocks) around the base will help them live over winter. I guess they hold the heat but thinking that it would be enough is hard to imagine. Worth a try!

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

I put in a 'Hardy Hill' rosemary this year next to a big rock close to the house on a southern exposure. It is supposed to be heartier than Arp. I have lost every other rosemary I put in - but I did them in a parking strip where the were really quite exposed inspite of heavy mulching. I will add some additional rocks around it and lots of leaves and keep my fingers crossed. Rosemary is classed as a 'tender' perennial - guess Connecticut isn't in the tender zone.

Winchester, VA(Zone 6a)

I have ARP, it's the only one that has survived in my zone for 3 years. It is hardy to zone 5, but I mulch it anyway. So, good choice grampapa.

Southern, CT(Zone 6a)

Pegdog, There is a Texan looking for info on VA in a new thread on this forum. Maybe you could help them out?

Winchester, VA(Zone 6a)

Absolutely. Will do.

Westbrook, CT(Zone 6a)

Did not survive winter even though near shoreline. Now I have two in pots indoors in a bay window doing fine.

Edgartown, MA(Zone 7a)

I think if you are living near the water variety and of course size (doesn't it always) matters. I know people in my town who have a rosemary hedge. kt

Stratford, CT(Zone 6b)

I know this is an old post, but thought I'd update everyone. One of the rosemary plants I planted outside managed to survive and barely so. All the branches from last season are dead with the exception of the bottom layer that is making a nice comeback. Does anyone else who experimented with rosemary in our zones managed to successfully overwinter them outdoors?

Clinton, CT(Zone 6b)

I had the same thing happen with a rosemary I keep inside in a 14" pot. It bloomed at Christmas. Looked good until March, then all the branches except one small one at the bottom appeared dead. Have it outside and one more small branch down low is green but most of the plant looks gone.

Wheatfield, NY(Zone 6a)

my 'Arp' survived the winter with some green still intact, but a later freezing may have done it in. I don't see any new growth on it and we had another frost last night. I have to admit I never did give it the extra mulch I intended. so if it didn't make it, I will try again this year. I'll report back here after I give a little more time. it may still come back. it was a very small plant.

Quaker Hill, CT(Zone 6b)

I had an arp survive a couple of winters but it always died back (mostly) to the ground. I want to try again because it's such a delight to use the leaves fresh, even IF it's not supposed to be the best culinary variety.

Linda

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

My 'Hardy Hill' didn't make it. I had it close to the house next to a big rock for warmth and buried it in leaves. Sigh. Rosemarys are annuals for me, I guess.

Long Island, NY(Zone 6b)

My rosemary didn't make it this year - I am sure it was because the mulch was blown away by the landscaper which I didn't realize until too late.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Mine was dead, too. I'm so used to it that I just buy a few new varities each year.

Stratford, CT(Zone 6b)

The one plant that survived for me is Upright Rosemary, not Arp interestingly. I had two Arp plants and both died.

Southern, CT(Zone 6a)

As an outrider to rosemary, what is "Arp"? Just a cultivar name?

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Yes, Dave.

Southern, CT(Zone 6a)

Oh. "Cause I have Aarp.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Me, too, but it's not the same. I know I once read the story of how it got that name but being an AARP person I'll be darned if I can recall it now. Probably at 3 A.M. I'll think of it and give you a call.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

http://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/rosoffarp.htm

Southern, CT(Zone 6a)

Thank you. I think I'm far too clay & wet for rosemary.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

You could always try it in a pot since it likes dry over wet.

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