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Q.Container Tree Care

Anonymous added on May 19, 2011 | Answered

I just planted a Himalayan birch in a container. My balcony is on the 24th floor (windy) and faces north (open shade) in Chicago. I’m clear on its watering/fertilizing needs during summer, but what about in the depths of winter? Will I need to water it all winter the same as summer? Even when it’s below freezing? Can I help protect it from freezing by wrapping the container with bubble wrap? I’d appreciate any advice, as my previous tree did not survive last winter; it was a Japanese Maple, and I’m told that this tree was a poor choice for me to start with and really never had a chance of surviving.

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Answered on May 20, 2011

Containers can be wrapped for winter protection or moved to a protected area or indoors. Watering should be ceased throughout winter (giving occasional watering once a month), as the trees will go dormant. These articles will offer additional help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/growing-trees-in-containers.htm

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