I ordered a Rosemary plant last week and just received it today. I live in a tropical region so it is usually sunny and humid. We opened the box and were surprised to see that the leaves were darkened. What can I do to save this plant?

here is a picture of the plant rosemary

  • roots look alive still Apr 7 '20 at 16:26

The plant looks alive and healthy but there are a few dead branches on it.

Rosemary is a native species in hot dry climates. Those branches didn't get to look as dead as that in a few days. IMO they were dead when it was shipped to you.

Unless you want to go through the hassle of complaining about it and returning it, I would just snip off the dead branches. The rest of the plant should be fine.

  • All the brown parts are dead? The leaves aren't dried so I was confused about what to do. It still feels alive if it makes sense? It's not dry. I will write a complaint but I don't think it'd be realistic to return the plant during quarantine.
    – Naochi
    Apr 7 '20 at 9:06

Return it - it's more than half the plant that's affected, and there's evidence the same problem is starting on the remaining green leaves too. Those 'darkened' leaves may not feel dead at the moment, but they very shortly will. If possible, communicate with the supplier by sending a photo of the plant with a complaint, see what they say, but if you keep the plant, I don't think it's going to recover.

If it's not possible to return it, then just look after it and hope some of it remains alive.

  • I ordered from an online service, and the trees were alive, just looked dead though Apr 7 '20 at 16:28

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