The Q&A Archives: Winter care for Hall's Japanese Honeysuckle in container

Question: This summer, I bought a large Hall's Japanese Honeysuckle to grow on my terrace in a container (it's still in the original Monrovia plastic pot). It was flourishing out there (with full sun for about 6 hours a day) until I brought it indoors in November, worried about how it would survive frost. It receives lots of indirect sun, but no direct sun. Lots of leaves are yellowing & turning brown (and yet there are new shoots at the base). Should I leave it outdoors for the winter? If so, how can I protect it from frost? Or is it ok to keep it in the house? If so, are the dying leaves a normal consequence of moving it & will it eventually taper off? I can't see any signs of pests.

Answer: Japanese honeysuckle is semi-evergreen in your gardening region and should remain outdoors rather than inside. Your plant sounds as though it is going through some stress because of the lower light levels and warm, dry air indoors. Take it back outside and bury the pot in the ground in a protected area (near the foundation of your house for instance) to keep the roots from freezing solid. Next spring, cut back all of the winter damaged stems and new shoots should develop at the base of the plant. Best wishes with your plant!

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