I received a very pretty wintergreen plant The daytime temperatures have been in the low to mid 30's F (30to 36 degrees) and into the 20's at night. Where I want to plant it is near a house, but it will get morning shade an hot afternoon sun in the summer. It is probably 2-3 quart size in a metal pot, and with lots of berries, perhaps potbound. I don't get a lot of sun in my apartment. Basically I just want to know if I can go ahead and put it in ground right now since the ground is not frozen? Thank you.
No. It is too cold right now. Your plant's roots need time to become established before it is subjected to freezing temperatures, which would likely kill the plant.
Hold it over till after the last frost date in your area. You can keep it in a cool room in your home or in a basement or garage that stays above freezing. Water sparingly, just enough to see it through till spring.
Here is care information:
Hello, I bought a Wintergreen plant back in the fall, as a house plant. Until a couple of weeks ago it was looking fantastic. Then the berries started to dry up, followed by the leaves. It looks terrible now - can it be saved?
Wintergreen is not really meant for indoors. It likes cool air and does not like hot or dry. Nor does it like boggy, wet soil. It's possible the heater got to it, if you've been running your furnace this winter. If any of the leaves look healthy, you could try propagating it, or find a place for it outside in the ground. You would need to baby it till spring, by covering it if severe weather is forecast.
Here are some care tips that should help:
Every year this plant grows well and produces lots of small white bell shaped flowers in may but they never produce the pink berries that the plant was full of when I bought it. It is now 4 years old.
Check your growing conditions. They need acidic soil, plus fertilizer for acid-loving plants like rhododendrons. And if you only have one shrub, it needs a pollinator. These shrubs are dioecious, only have male or female flowers, so you need the other to produce berries. You may want to contact the garden center where you bought it and see if the cultivar name indicates whether it is male or female and if they have a compatible cultivar for fruiting.