Post by pepperhead212 on Jan 23, 2019 13:56:52 GMT -5
Last year I got 3 Hill Hardy rosemary plants from Richter's, after my old rosemary died, after a severe cold snap, and the wind blew the cover off of the hoop house. I couldn't get out to re-cover it, and it was gone in one night!
I planted two of the plants in the ground, and one in a 4 1/2 gal fabric pot, and the one in the pot took off! I figured that I would leave the ones in the ground in place, and when it got below 20º (the usual low limit for rosemary), I'd cover one with a trash can, and a brick or two, to weight it down, and leave the other uncovered, to see how resistant they really are.
Naturally, I forgot to cover one Sunday night, when it got down to 11º (maybe lower - that thermometer, though away from the house a ways, is on a brick post, so it may hold some heat), and only up to 16º all of Monday, with winds up to 35 mph., and back down to 14º Monday night!
Amazingly, both of the plants look fine! Not a hint of freeze damage, so this variety must really be cold resistant. I will still try to cover the one, if we have another cold spell like that. I did cover it on Thanksgiving - down to 16º , and the only other time this season that got in the teens.
Here is the one in the pot, which I even brought in from my back porch, wondering if it would get below 20 there (only got to 24º, turned out). Not a great photo, due to intense sun outside, but it shows the size of it. And I have probably cut off at least as much as you see there, before I brought it into the porch, and since.
Post by pepperhead212 on Jan 23, 2019 15:53:53 GMT -5
Here was the older rosemary, in 2015, just after uncovering the hoop house from the winter. I even used to put a heater under there, when it would get to the single digits! DSCF1050 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Post by pepperhead212 on Jan 24, 2019 13:15:37 GMT -5
Rosemary is one of my "must have" herbs! (Seems I have way too many of those). And the fresh is MUCH better than dried; I was never fond of it, until I tried it fresh. I used to cook with it a lot more, when I made a lot more Italian and other cuisines that use it. But I still have to have it.
Post by pepperhead212 on Feb 3, 2019 12:59:08 GMT -5
Those rosemary survived, including the uncovered one! It got to 5, 6, and 9 degrees here three of the nights, and two days it did not get out of the teens, which would have killed a regular rosemary. It wasn't that cold when my old one died - just low teens.