When to cut back minis...

missourigrl02(z6 MO)September 27, 2005

I have my minis in 2 12" containers. My question is when should I cut them back and how much should I cut them? This will be the first fall/winter I have had them. Right now the temp during the day is in the mid 70's and at night in the low to mid 50's. Also, I plan on keeping them in the garage over winter (I live in an apartment and don't really have much of a place to dig a hole for my minis...there are also a lot of rocks in the ground around here making it hard to dig a whole deep enough for the pots). The garage is dark and cool in the winter time. When should I put my minis in the garage and how much water do they require over the winter?

Thanks!

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diane_nj 6b/7a

Cut them back next spring, when the forsythia are in bloom (April, usually). You can just cut out anything that is dead and trim them to the shape that you desire. Some people even use hedge clippers, so it doesn't have to be a precise science.

When overwintering in a garage, check the soil in the pots. You want the soil to stay moist, but not too wet and DO NOT let it dry out. If the garage gets too warm, they will need watering more frequently.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2005 at 10:22AM
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missourigrl02(z6 MO)

Thank you! I will be sure to check the soil over the winter.

Kristen

    Bookmark   September 29, 2005 at 7:55PM
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