How to prevent an etrog tree from losing its leaves in the winter
I have a very small etrog tree. It grows about 8 inches in the summer and loses its leaves every winter and appears dead but starts to grow again in the summer. It is in a container. In the winter it is in my house in the basement where the temps are around 55. Is that too cold? What can I do to prevent it from losing its leaves in the winter and appearing to be dead? Thank you for your help. Trude Reiser
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
55 degrees is not too cold, but are you sure it is not experiencing a freeze before you bring it in for the winter?
The tree needs watering and sunlight all year. So if in the basement it may be too dark and neglected for watering. You may consider a "grow light" available at hydroponic supply shops.