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Question: I purchased one of your Pom Pom Hetz Blue Junipers from a local Steins Gardens and I am not sure how to plant it. If I plant it several of the poms will be resting on the ground and I fear they will then turn brown and die. I thought about leaving it in the container and purchasing a large planter and to put it in. If I do this will the plant live or die? Or does it need to be planted in the ground to survive. I see the photo you use has the plant photographed in a planter like I was thinking. I live in Wisconsin and I am concerned about the roots being exposed to the elements in the winter. I paid a lot of money for this plant and I don't want it to die. No one has been able to help me with this question. Hope you can. Thanks....Karla Garsky

Answer: I understand your concern with the onset of winter weather. Pom Pom junipers can be planted in the ground or grown in a container. Since you're not sure what to do with yours at this point, you can simply insulate the container and leave it in the nursery container for the winter. Use one-inch foam insulation (available in 4' panels at most home improvement stores) or fiberglass insulation (such as is sold for insulating hot water heaters). Wrap the sides and the bottom of the container to insulate it from cold weather. Or, bury the container in the ground in a protected place in your garden. Hetz Blue Juniper is extremely cold hardy (grows in Ottawa without protection) so insulting the container as suggested above should provide all the protection your plant needs. Next spring you can choose a large container and replant it to keep the pom poms off the ground. Best wishes with your juniper!

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