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Trimming the Roots of Potted Rosemary


 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:37 pm    Post subject: Trimming the Roots of Potted Rosemary Reply with quote

Hi All, I have a rosemary plant that has been outside in a 3 gallon pot for the last 2 years without problems. Recently, I've noticed that the leaves of two out of the three main stems has started to brown and fall off. The remaining stem seems fine and has a few small purple flowers at the top. I've checked it for infestation (mites, etc) and it seems fine. I also move it around the garden periodically to maximize the sunlight it receives and cover it in fleece on particularly cold nights (such as we're having at the moment).

My suspicion is that it may be root bound and I'm wondering if anyone has trimmed the root ball of a rosemary plant and put it back in the same pot. Will this work and when is the best time to do it? I intend to trim back the top growth as well (although in fairness most of it looks dead anyway).
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never did it, when mine get to big or leggy I just dump it and but another in a 9cm liner cost about 1, you can even propogate from them.
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