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Old rosemary bush

My very old and large rosemary bush has suddenly started to look sick. All the needles have turned brown and the flowers shrivelled. Is it likely that it has succumbed to bad weather (I would be surprised, as we've had much worse) or is there a specific pest or disease that rosemary is susceptible to? I would have thought that if it were just age the decline might have been slower.  I do have some cuttings that have rooted well but they are quite tiny, especially compared with this monster, so I won't be able to use them yet! And will the dried up needles be usable, or would that not be safe?

Any advice would be appreciated.- thanks very much


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    They are relatively short lived Ann.  One thing they don't like is wet and it's been a very wet winter and spring so far so that has probably contributed.  Personally I'd use the dead leaves as long as there is no sign of fungus on them.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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