When is the best time to prune a rosemary plant?

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q when is the best time to prune a rosemary plant
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  • Sharon Sharon on May 24, 2018
    I whack mine back all the time and it doesn't seem to affect it.
  • Sunshine Sunshine on May 24, 2018
    I would like the answer to this also. Think I will Google it. LOL
  • Trim off the bits spilling over your walkway and steps. Leave the rest and it will be just fine. Rule of thumb is not to trim or prune more than one third of the plant. Make sure you dry all that rosemary for future use or use when grilling meats and veggies!🌱
  • Sunshine Sunshine on May 24, 2018
    Google: Rosemary pruning can be done anytime during the spring or summer up until four to six weeks before the first frost. Pruning rosemary after this time, or in the fall and winter, can cause the rosemary shrub to focus on growing new, tender growth rather than hardening off and protecting the growth that it has.
  • Emily Emily on May 24, 2018
    Oh, so jealous of the wonderful rosemary you can have in the south. We used to walk by such a wonderful plant in Raleigh! A plant man told me recently that I should give mine a good "haircut" mine was inside all winter and is not so abundant as yours but his advice sounds good.
  • Alice Alice on May 24, 2018
    This can be done as early as late winter and then through spring and summer. It's not necessary to wait for the flowering to finish and, in fact, this is not a good idea.Pruning too late in the year might encourage new growth that will not have hardened before the first frost.
  • Bonnie Bonnie on May 24, 2018
    I've pruned mine with no problems at all times of the year. I find pruning in the winter gives me the most tender spring rosemary stems to use in the kitchen.
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jun 02, 2018
    Pruning can be done any time during the growing season (spring through fall). It helps promote growth and helps shape the plant.
  • Jenny Jenny on Jun 02, 2018
    thank you.
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