Can my potted Japanese Wisteria make it through the winter inside or outside.? - Knowledgebase Question

Hazel Park, mi
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Question by bobeah207
October 27, 2005
My mom purchased a Monrovia Texas Purple Japanese Wisteria for me this summer and I never got it planted due to flooding in my back yard. Can the plant survive in its pot through the winter at my back door? I live in Hazel Park, MI. I was thinking I may have to bring it into my breeze way. It's not heated, but it would be protected from the snow and wind. Inside, I would think I would have to water it, but outside I not sure. Please help me keep my baby a live until I can solve my landscaping problem and get the plant planted next spring. Thank you!

Answer from NGA
October 27, 2005
Your Japanese Wisteria is winter hardy in Michigan and can safely remain outdoors. However, since it is still in a pot, I would worry about the roots being overexposed to cold temperatures. How about sinking the pot in the ground for the winter? Or, wrapping with insulation to keep the roots from freezing solid. It isn't necessary to set it in the breezeway - leave it out in the yard - or in a flower bed close to the foundation of your house - and sink the pot into the ground. It should winter over well.

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