MidWest Gardening forum: Anyone try Vitex negundo in a large pot that can be brought inside for the winte

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Name: Robyn
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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robynanne
Jun 21, 2016 10:50 AM CST
I'd really REALLY like to grow this plant, but it only goes to zone 6. I was wondering if I could try to keep it in a pot and maybe put it in the garage over winter? It can get quite big, so I'd have to keep it pruned down and hopefully it could live with that. I suppose I could bring it into the house but it wouldn't get the kind of light that it would need inside so I was thinking dormant would be easier on the plant than dim indoor lighting in a MN winter.

Alternatively, I could put it in our screened in porch and maybe wrap it with some plant blanket for the winter. I'm not sure if that would keep it alive.

Thanks!
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Jun 22, 2016 11:37 AM CST
I'm not sure this tree would appreciate a dormant period. Since it is listed as "filtered light," I'd go with some lights for the winter. I run 21 fixtures of t5 HO, 6500K. One can do almost anything with enough light (and the right temps and humidity.) 2 winter ago I did Citrus trees. Had 1-2 Citrus fruits a week all winter long to eat. Gene
Name: Robyn
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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robynanne
Jun 24, 2016 11:14 AM CST
Ugh. Did you say TWENTY ONE fixtures? That's not going to happen. Maybe I don't need this tree so much...

Thanks for the advice Gene!
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Jun 24, 2016 11:17 AM CST
You only need one fixture. I have 1850 pots of house plants that I over winter in my small, dark house. Gene

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