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Q.I Bought A Lilac Bush, But Never Got Around To Planting It. It Has Been Outside In The Container It Came In. Can I Keep It As Is

Zone Northern NJ 07661 Zone 7a | Anonymous added on November 28, 2020 | Answered

and plant it in the spring? If I can, what should I do with it to keep it alive until the spring? It has shed its leaves and has been outside in the container.

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Answered on November 30, 2020

It should be fine to wait until spring to plant your bush. Try to find a spot outside where the plant won't be damaged by wind. You may want to sink the pot into the ground for the winter or provide it with some heavy mulch, but it needs the cold, and it should be alright outside.
These two articles have some good info about over wintering lilacs:

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