Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

potted rosemaryAnybody know what the trick to keeping a rosemary plant alive is? If you do, you’d better tell us because we’ve killed every single rosemary plant we’ve ever brought into this house and it’s just going to keep on happening unless something or someone breaks the cycle.

That’s right, every single one. I admit, some have died through sheer neglect. At least one of them never got watered at all that I’m aware of, but most have been watered at least once in their short lives. The one that’s currently on our dining room table, the one that served as our Christmas tree last year, has been watered every day. Didn’t matter. Within a week of arrival it was already dropping needles all over the table and getting a brown in spots, and within two weeks one whole side of it had faded badly. It’s now a zombie rosemary bush, half of it dead, half of it alive. The alive part looks pretty good, but the dead part looks awful.

I read that rosemary doesn’t like wet soil so I was watering it only sparingly but at least once a day. Since that obviously turned out to be bullshit advice, I’ve been watering it morning and night for the last two weeks. I also started “misting” it twice a day, but again that was on advice I read on the internet and that didn’t work last time so I don’t know why I’m trying it again. Desperation, I suppose.

Anyway, if you have any ideas I’d be glad to try just about anything short of cutting my finger and feeding it my own blood.

rosemary time | 5:59 am CDT
Category: daily drivel, random idiocy
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  1. 1 Jamie said at 10:36 pm on January 22nd, 2014:

    Geez, you’re killing that poor thing with water. First, don’t water it more than twice a week. Make sure the pot it’s in has drainage. Really, you should repot it into a larger clay pot with good drainage, using cactus mix (available from Menards among other places) as the potting soil. And cut off all the dead branches.

    If it’s not too late already this will work…I’ve been wintering the same rosemary plant indoors for 8 or 10 years.

  2. 2 Dave said at 5:52 am on January 23rd, 2014:

    So everything I’m doing is wrong? Even the misting? Okay, I’ll give that a try, thanks!