The Q&A Archives: Crabapple tree shoot

Question: We have a healthy shoot off of a crabapple tree. With winter coming soon, we were wondering if we keep it outside or bring it in the house. It is still small and quite delicate but thriving very nicely. Can you help us?
Thanks Patty

Answer: Crabapples are cold hardy and yours should be able to tolerate the winter weather. Since it is so young, though, I understand your desire to protect it over the winter months. If it is in a container you can move it to a protected place near the foundation of your house. If it's planted in the ground you can add some protection to it after the first freeze of the season, when the leaves die and fall off. Once it is just a leafless stick you can set a chicken wire cylinder over it and pile some straw, dried leaves, or even pine needles over and around it to provide some protection. Best wishes with your little crabapple tree!

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