Keep Your Herbs from Freezing over the Winter

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Herbs could be annual, biennial, or perennial. They could be tender, fragile or hardy. There are some herbs which could survive the winter without much care. There are others which just simply cry out for special attention. Below, learn how different herb types react to the coldest season of the year and how you could help this herbs survive and flourish up to the time spring comes around.

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Tips and Instructions

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    There are perennial herbs that overwinter well.
    Examples are chives, oregano, lavender, and thyme. But in areas where winter is extremely cold, add, for extra protection, two to three inches thick layer of shredded bark mulch. The herb roots will be less likely to heave out of the ground, desiccate, and then die because of the presence of the bark mulch. It will thus prevent the ground from freezing and thawing in winter.
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    Bring the plants indoors for the winter.
    Tender perennial herbs like rosemary and biennial herbs like parsley could be potted up and brought inside for the winter. Here's how to do it:
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    1. Dig the parsley plant and make sure you take most, if not all of its root system.
    2. Pot the parsley plant in a deep container, water abundantly, and leave for a few weeks outdoors in a shaded area. Putting the plant back outdoors (but in the shade) will make it adjust to transplant shock. When revived, bring the plant back indoors before a hard freeze and locate it near a window exposed much to the sun. By autumn, if you potted a lot of parsley, you will have a fresh harvest! If they have enough light, they will even produce new growth. By late winter, leaf quality will not be so good as parsley gets ready to produce seed stalk. By that time, compost the plant.
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    For rosemary varieties, you have to bring them indoors before a hard freeze.
    After potting up, allow adjustment to the plant for container life. Place it near a window with lots of sunlight. Rosemary is an herb of contrasting characteristics. It likes cool temperatures, but it is also adaptable to high humidity and likes to thrive in barely moist soil during winter.
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    For rosemary, when indoors, should be kept in temperatures of 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Humidity could be maintained by misting often. The pot should be placed on a pebble tray filled with water. Water does not really need a lot of water. Just water it enough to keep the soil from drying out.
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    The rosemary might not grow much in winter, but with these guidelines, it should survive beautifully.
    An added benefit would be the unique fragrance and taste of rosemary will stay with your kitchen the whole winter season. 
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    For your use, not primarily their protection, you can bring into the house for winter hardy herbs such as oregano, thyme, and mint.
    Put them in pots to provide fresh leaves for your cooking while the snow is raging outside. When spring comes around, simply plant them back into the garden.
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Perennial Herbs that could survive the winter season

Among the herbs that could survive the cold season are:

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    Lavender
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    Oregano
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    Chives
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    Thyme
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However, those people who are leaving in extremely cold locations during the winter season, they should incorporate extra protection, preferably 2 to 3-inch thick layer of bark mulch (shredded). Because of the bark mulch, the roots of the herbs are less likely to upraise to the ground and dehydrate. The bark mulch will avoid the ground from thawing and freezing in winter.

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Questions and Answers

Does parsley die during below freezing?

No, parsley can survive a temperature below freezing point. They will still be fine at 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-2 degrees Celsius) or even lower.

Yes it does. What you can do is to put it inside the house, in a pot and place it at a sunny area where the sun can reach it during the day. Make sure that you keep the plant warm at night as well.

Winter cold-hardy herbs that can tolerate freezing temperatures?

Some herbs that can survive in a freezing temperature are:

  • sage
  • kale
  • parsley
  • chives
  • cilantro
  • fennel
  • mint

There are quite a few hardy plants that grow in the winter. Here is a short list of foods to grow in winter.

1. Broad Beans

2. Asparagus

3. Peas

4. Garlic

5. Onions

6. Spinach

7. Lamb's lettuce

8. Kale

9. Celery

10. Carrots

11. Potatoes

12. Beetroot

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