Posted 1M ago by @PeakBabyburro

My rose marry is dying and idk what to do ๐Ÿ˜ญ
4โ€ pot
Last watered 56 minutes ago
What kind of soil are you using? Rosemary is a herbaceous perennial which means it should come back every year as long as you donโ€™t overwater or underwater. I see your plant has no drainage which may be the cause of its demise. It really needs good drainage to prevent it from becoming water-logged which leads to root rot and plant death. I also see you watered it an hour ago. My suggestion is to pull it up from the pot and check the roots for any healthy roots. If you see any that are mushy, I would remove them. Hopefully, you donโ€™t have too many mushy ones. If you donโ€™t, trim the mushy ones back and then clip the top of the plant down to about three inches. This is a hard pruning. Whatever you do, donโ€™t put the plant back into that soil. Set it aside and let the roots air out after youโ€™ve cleaned them up and pruned the top off. Next, remove the soil from the pot and discard it. Clean the pot and drill a few holes at the bottom drainage. Refill with very good draining soil that has quite a bit of sand in it. Wait a few hours and check the plant roots to see if they are dry and if so, repot. Do not water. Let the plant rest and then wait about three days before giving it a drink. Not alot of water but just a sip around the base of the plant. Rosemary loves a Mediterranean environment (think olive tree field, coarse soil with vey slow irrigation) which makes the best use of its natural resources. Be patient and see if it grows any new leaves. If so, keep it slightly hydrated but not over watered so that you can include air in the soil to promote new growth. My advice is not a guarantee however it is a way to try to save a dying plant that may be waterlogged. Best of luck!
@PeakBabyburro I agree with what @FitSedum said to do. Best of luck ๐Ÿ€
I though it had pretty good drainage?
I am using just a regular potting soil, what kind of soil would you suggest?
@PeakBabyburro Sandy soil. I have true lavender which requires the same soil type as rosemary. I mixed miracle gro for cactus, citrus, and palm soil with pumice to facilitate the drainage and I only irrigate lightly. If I happen to overdo it, all the water runs out. The issue with regular potting soil is that it has amendments that retain moisture and can create a soupy structure at the bottom of the pot. Water molecules cling to one another and that builds up if there arenโ€™t enough air pockets. Therefore, the pumice creates those air pockets to keep the soil permeable and any excess water moving through it rather than creating that soupy structure. Try that when you grow Rosemary and donโ€™t forget to let her get enough sunlight to dry the soil. Good luck!

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