Winterizing My Euonymus Hedge Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Villa Park,, IL
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Question by mcaofvp
November 28, 2002
What do I need to do to winterize my Euonymus (Emerald Gaiety)hedge plant purchased from Monrovia?

Answer from NGA
November 28, 2002
This is a relatively winter hardy and sturdy variety of Euonymus fortunei. The best things to do for it are make sure the soil stays evenly moist but not sopping wet up until it freezes, then mulch with several inches of organic mulch such as shredded bark. When you apply the mulch, snug it under any sprawling stems to cover the root zone but do not put it up against the main stems. Take care not to mulch too deeply as this can encourage shallower roots to form. A good layer of snow will help to insulate the plant and keep it safe during the winter. If it is planted in a windy spot, you might consider putting up a wind break to help protect it from drying out this winter. You may find that the plant defoliates somewhat or to quite a large degree by spring, but it should put out new leaves fairly soon. It is also quite typical to see it take on a pinkish tinge in cold weather, this is nothing to worry about. Enjoy your euonymus!

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