I’m not a houseplant person–let me start by saying that. I do OK with the hibiscus and the cacti and the jade and aloes. But my rosemary plant is never happy in winter. Her leaves dry up until there’s nothing left but the tips of newest growth, and I don’t dare to snip and use any of it for fear of killing her outright.
She might be a little cramped right now, so I’m considering re-potting her (there’s a little bit of root sticking out the bottom from when she was sunk in the garden bed last summer). I’m guessing a big part of the problem is how dry the house gets in winter–I do run a humidifier occasionally, but it seems like it’d have to be pretty damp in here for Rosie to be happy.
So, I’ll go down to the basement and mix up a little peat moss and sand, plus maybe add a few crushed eggshells and used tea leaves from the compost bowl. I suppose I could also go out and pull some crushed leaves from the leaf bin as well–that’ll have to be the organic material as I don’t have any unfrozen composted manure or the like.
Let me put this out to the local readers: how do you ensure the happiness and health of your rosemary plant in winter? How much light do you give her? How much water? Do you mist her with a spray bottle? Set her on a tray with water and pebbles?
I’ve gotten this particular plant through one winter already, and she flourishes when I put her outside for the season, but right now she seems fairly close to death’s door, and we have a few months to go before she can enjoy the outside again.