Gardenia - when should I bring it inside?

keepitlow(6)October 21, 2008

I have been growing a gardenia outside in a pot. It has done OK with some light freezes down to 31f. Should I bring it in when things go down to the mid 20's? Or will it do OK?

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they can survive in the ground in my zone with temps in the 20's but that is with an insulating soil cover. containers don't provide that.
i would move it inside before mid-20's are expected.
as an example, i lost a large, established in-ground one years ago when it dropped to 18 degrees. others that i grow have survived short duration mid-to-upper 20's in successive winters.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2008 at 11:52AM
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Thanks Jeff

    Bookmark   October 23, 2008 at 10:19AM
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I bring mine in when it hits 40F. Anything colder, and it could freeze, especially when in a container.
Another reason is, when kept cold for long periods, it seems some plants are more prone to leaf drop, especially if brought inside, in a warm house. If possible, do it gradually. When days are 50's and 60's, keep outside, but when night temps drop below 45F, bring inside. Do this a week or two. Or if you have a cool room, do it at once. Good luck, Toni

    Bookmark   October 24, 2008 at 2:30AM
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