When And How To Trim And Care For A Root Bound Rosemary Plant
Question From: Salem, Missouri, United States
Q: I have a root bound Rosemary plant in a very large pot. I can't transplant into a larger pot and really don't want to plant outside right now. It is too cold outside. So I have read about root trimming for root bound plants and wondered. Could I cut back the branches, trim the roots, add fertilizer(we have not been using any) and put it back into the pot? Would the plant survive? Would that allow me to keep it in the the pot for another 4 months?
Your techniques are correct, however, the timing is not. Your best bet is to keep the plant going until March or April and then do this extreme potting procedure. It needs cool temperatures, as much light as you can give it and humidity. A large pebble tray filled with water would be helpful. Do not allow the soil to dry out as a dry rosemary is a dead rosemary. When you repot use an organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy