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Question: 1205-4814
We have a seven inch pan of herbs that are not doing great. It contains parsley, sage, thyme and rosemary. Should they be put in separate pots? Jean, Norwich,

Mort's Answer:
While they are in harmony in song, they are best situated alone in their own clay pots. They will need individual attention. Most problems for indoor plants occur in the winter. Rosemary, with its thicker leaves, will require less water and can tolerate lower temps. The thin tissued others can absorb more water. All will require good drainage. A soil mix with a third sand will help. Parsley and sage will not last as long as thyme or rosemary. T. vulgaris will creep along the pan and might be left in the original pot. Rosemary can be eventually grown in a larger pot as thyme goes by.

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Question: 1318-4315
Are herbs hardy? Should we take them indoors? Marion, Coventry, RI

Mort's Answer:
Perennial herbs like Cranesbill Geraniums, Myrrh, wormwood, all the mints and Lavender can be left out in zone 6. Cut them back and cover them this winter. Oregano heracleoticum is perennial but can be grown indoors. Rosemary is also perennial but should be indoors for the winter in a cool spot. Annual herbs like basil, Oregano vulgare, ornamental peppers and lovage are best grown indoors. Lovage can be grown from cuttings or seed. Basil and ornamental peppers can be transplanted to clay pots with a third sand for good drainage.

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