How to Prune Rosemary Following a Freeze

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Rosemary, called Rosmarinus officinalis, is a perennial, evergreen shrub with needle-like leaves and a fragrance reminiscent of pine needles. Depending upon the amount, it develops from 20 inches to 6 feet tall and produces flowers. A Mediterranean native is grown for medicinal, culinary, ornamental and craft functions. It is hardy in several places, but can’t endure in these areas, plant rosemary in containers and bring indoors during the winter. In case damage has been sustained by the rosemary from a freeze, wait until all danger of frost has passed prior to pruning.

Cut just a little of the branch at one time, using gardening shears, until you see light, healthy green at the pith. If the entire branch is dead, cut it to the rosemary bush’s branch.

Smear family glue on the areas where large branches were pruned from the rosemary bush. The glue seals the wound and shields the bush.

Snip off any stained or freeze-damaged tips of the rosemary’s branch. Use shears to remove tips instead of cracking or breaking off the tip. This prevents damage to the branch. Use your hands to pick off individual leaves which are yellowed or diseased.

Shape the rosemary bush, if wanted. Pruning a rosemary to get contour isn’t essential for the health of the bush, but for can be useful when garden space is limited or if the rosemary is implanted next to other plants.

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