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jjpm74
Stratford, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2006
5:31 PM

Post #2621540

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.
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2006
5:53 PM

Post #2621628

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
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2006
8:46 PM

Post #2622199

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.
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2006
2:48 PM

Post #2624420

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.
stbgardener
W Hartford, CT
(Zone 6a)

August 21, 2006
7:36 PM

Post #2644963

I've never had one survive the winter here in West Hartford - even in a sheltered alcove...
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 25, 2006
3:54 PM

Post #2658174

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!
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 25, 2006
5:22 PM

Post #2658452

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.
pegdog
Winchester, VA
(Zone 6a)

September 27, 2006
6:53 PM

Post #2763774

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.
Dave47
Southern, CT
(Zone 6a)

September 28, 2006
5:54 AM

Post #2765689

Pegdog, There is a Texan looking for info on VA in a new thread on this forum. Maybe you could help them out?
pegdog
Winchester, VA
(Zone 6a)

September 28, 2006
11:52 AM

Post #2765940

Absolutely. Will do.
DonShirer
Westbrook, CT
(Zone 6a)

September 28, 2006
2:41 PM

Post #2766318

Did not survive winter even though near shoreline. Now I have two in pots indoors in a bay window doing fine.
runktrun
Edgartown, MA
(Zone 7a)

October 1, 2006
12:13 AM

Post #2773889

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
jjpm74
Stratford, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 17, 2007
9:53 PM

Post #3508507

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?
David_Paul
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 17, 2007
11:30 PM

Post #3508775

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.
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2007
2:34 PM

Post #3510789

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.
celticgarden
Quaker Hill, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2007
5:08 PM

Post #3511299

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
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2007
6:23 PM

Post #3511469

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.
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2007
11:27 PM

Post #3512236

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.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2007
12:46 AM

Post #3512443

Mine was dead, too. I'm so used to it that I just buy a few new varities each year.
jjpm74
Stratford, CT
(Zone 6b)

May 19, 2007
2:46 AM

Post #3512931

The one plant that survived for me is Upright Rosemary, not Arp interestingly. I had two Arp plants and both died.
Dave47
Southern, CT
(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2007
11:21 AM

Post #3513435

As an outrider to rosemary, what is "Arp"? Just a cultivar name?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2007
11:32 AM

Post #3513454

Yes, Dave.
Dave47
Southern, CT
(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2007
10:00 PM

Post #3514748

Oh. "Cause I have Aarp.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2007
10:09 PM

Post #3514786

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.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2007
10:11 PM

Post #3514799

http://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/rosoffarp.htm
Dave47
Southern, CT
(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2007
10:14 PM

Post #3514810

Thank you. I think I'm far too clay & wet for rosemary.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2007
10:16 PM

Post #3514820

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

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