Rosemary "Christmas trees"!?!
I KNOW they don't grow that way naturally, but one of those thing I've fallen for (cute and wonderful aroma) in the past and almost ALWAYS KILLED?!?
I usually listen to "You Bet Your Garden" on Saturday's... on NPR. They end each program with a topic that apparently a LOT of listeners want to know more about. When I heard Rosemary trees... was fully prepared to pull off the road to listen and take NOTES!!
Host said BIGGEST mistake made is leaving in original pot... wrapped in pretty holiday foil/wrapper. Said the sooner plant gets repotted, the better its survival rate. Said Rosemary doesn't like "wet feet" but doesn't like to be dried out either.
Have made unfortunate discovery that if ignored... once it starts to brown up... it's good as dead?!? Don't put it some place where you ight FORGET it. Even if not used a lot, I will keep it relatively trimmed. If trimmings not immediately needed, I just dry out on paper plate and into spice jar.
Have had one of these little trees for a couple of years SUCCESSFULLY... cuz I repotted it eh day I got it... I think!?! It's no longer tree shaped, but doing nicely. Couldn't resist buying one today... SOOOO root-bound hadda take an (old) serrated knife to to loosen them up.
Where I am in NJ, it's probably 60/40 that plant would survive IN the ground, over winter, in a relatively sheltered spot.
Did they suggest repotting into a larger pot kept inside or outdoors? In my little south facing patch, my rosemary does great and overwinters fine. I wouldn't want to put it out there without conditioning, however, at this time of year.
If you want to use it for cooking, look for a prostrate rosemary. Flavor and aroma are much better.
Mine goes outside in the summer and spends the winter in the sun room. I am afraid our Missouri winter might kill it.
I'm spoiled, I guess: in SoCal, so rosemary is a year-round in-ground plant. Here, we hardly water it--it's wonderfully drought tolerant. Altho, as much as I like the fragrance, I don't like rosemary in food (I take large branchesful to friends for their cooking)--both the mouthfeel of even well chopped rosemary, as well as the strong taste, isn't my cuppa tea.