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Old 04-02-2014, 05:11 PM   #21
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Go for it PF.

If I had a penny for every plant I've killed I'd be retired by now.

Some people have a green thumb. I'm the proud owner of a brown thumb.

It is getting greener as I become an old fart.
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Old 04-02-2014, 05:39 PM   #22
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How about this.

The aromatic rosemary bonsai
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:21 PM   #23
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Nice link Aunt Bea.

Too much work for my lazy butt.

I'll kill a few seedling the old fashion way before I go to all that trouble to keep them neat and trim.
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:39 PM   #24
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Princess, have you ever grown sweet potato vines? They're really fast-growing and very leafy -- with several of them, say 3 or 4, spaced across the width of your window and a stick/post on either side of the window, then a couple of rows of twine or heavy string tied to either side. They like water getting started but are pretty hardy. When winter comes, pitch 'em out and start again next spring. Or some other fast-growing vine that likes your summers.

Hmm. That leaves your window undressed all winter, doesn't it?

Little pickets? Actual shrubbery? Curtains on the inside? Blinds on the inside?
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:52 PM   #25
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I have a brown thumb too and as Zagut wrote, it's getting a bit less brown as I get older. If rosemary wasn't easy to grow, I wouldn't succeed with it. I put it outside in the pot.

BTW, how do I quote a post when I'm using the app for mobile?

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Old 04-02-2014, 11:03 PM   #26
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Maybe tall grasses that don't need much water. I will have to haul water up the steps to water anything outside. No access to spigots for a hose.
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Old 04-02-2014, 11:17 PM   #27
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Native grasses would be a great choice. You would need a pretty big container, but with the sun you get, it would work. They don't need much attention or water. Pampas grass comes in pink, and if you're lucky, you might even find it in purple.
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Old 04-02-2014, 11:25 PM   #28
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Pampas grass, writing it down. I'll go out to Caras Nursery this weekend and see what they have or maybe Pink Grizzly...
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:45 PM   #29
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I also have trouble growing potted rosemary but I have a huge, 8-foot diameter rosemary bush in the back yard which apparently grew from a seedling a few years ago.
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I had a rosemary plant outside for 2 years here in new york. We had 2 relatively mild winters and one year i wrapped it up so im guessing thats how it survived. This past year, we had a 2 week span of 20 or below weather which ultimately did the plant in.

Anticipating that the plant would croak, I took a few cuttings and placed them in my aquaponic set up and they rooted very nicely ( I took the cuttings probably in december). And early spring I got them outside and they are doing great. They still have a ways to grow before reaching the size of the original plant, but , the successful cuttings spared me from having to buy a new plant this year. ( did the same for my sage plant, which did survive the winter, but i now have a few successful cuttings.) And the same method actually worked for my fig cuttings too .
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:04 PM   #31
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I also have trouble growing potted rosemary but I have a huge, 8-foot diameter rosemary bush in the back yard which apparently grew from a seedling a few years ago.

That's huge. You aren't in texas are you? Do you prune it and then harvest/dry the rosemary for your cooking? I can't grow rosemary, I kill it.
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:14 PM   #32
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That's huge. You aren't in texas are you? Do you prune it and then harvest/dry the rosemary for your cooking? I can't grow rosemary, I kill it.
Yes, we use it for cooking but often we'll take a whole branch and throw it in the fire pit for the aroma.
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That's huge. You aren't in texas are you? Do you prune it and then harvest/dry the rosemary for your cooking? I can't grow rosemary, I kill it.
What do you do to it?
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:17 PM   #34
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My wife bought a plant from a nursery, we planted next to garage which is sheltered, grows all year round, we pick and dehydrate for storing or pick fresh as I need.
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Both Roadfix and I are in So Cal, although I'm further north. Giant rosemary bushes are so common around here, they are used for freeway landscaping.
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Yes, we use it for cooking but often we'll take a whole branch and throw it in the fire pit for the aroma.

The slender branches are great used as skewers for the barby too.
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