Q.I\’m Trying To Grow A Creosote Bush That I Have Transplanted To Kansas From Texas In A Pot 1ft Wide By 2ft Deep With Its Origina
l soil. How Can I care for it in Kansas? I noticed in its three years it has not grown much. Will putting this Creosote in with new potting soil kill it? I Live in Kansas and bring it inside when we start to have freezes. Do I need to keep an indoor light on it to resemble the hot desert sun? It still springs its shrubs but never its flowers.
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Unfortunately, topsoil from the ground will not be appropriate in container. It would be better to mix a cactus mix with potting soil. Also, your environment is likely too wet and humid for it to be happy. You may do best growing this indoors. You could light it, synthetically, then keep it in a "desert" type environment. Make sure that it stays, mostly, dry. It should pick up growth, then.
Here is an article that will help you to know what conditions this shrub: