Rosemary

Part of my horizontal rosemary bush appearsto have died. I scratched a bit of the bark and it is dry brown undeneath and there are no shoots on that branch although two others are shooting. Do I take it out now or leave it? I did take cuttings last year which are doing well.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,244

    I'd cut the dead branch off and see if I liked to look of what I'd got left.

    But it may be the beginning of the end

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,711

    Well done for taking the cuttings!image  

    We've had a very wet winter and rosemary really dislikes having permanently wet feet so as Nutcutlet has said, this may be the beginning of the end.  After the wet summer of 2012 I removed my rosemary from the herb bed which seemed that summer to be permanently under water, and potted it up in a large terracotta pot with JI3 loambased compost and one third horticultural grit.  It's never looked back image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,177

    Rosemary like lavender  are quite often past their best after a few years.  They stay a little bushier if you trim after flowering.

    Best to always take cuttings to grow on and then you can replace any plants that have gone leggy and died off in places.

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