WInterizing Queen Anne of the Nile - Knowledgebase Question

Philadelphia, PA
Question by mayroshs
September 22, 2006
Hi, I live in Philadelphia. I have had a Queen Anne for about ten years. During the winter I bring it inside. When I bring it outside in the spring, the leaves are not that great. Lots of flowers during the summer, but it takes the whole summer for the leaves to get great. A friend sayes they bring their's in but cut it back to the base almost, put it in the basement with no light and stop watering it. Their leaves look great once they bring it out and it starts growing. My question is,


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Answer from NGA
September 22, 2006

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Queen Ann is an evergreen variety so it should be coming through winter in better condition, although lack of light indoors can make it look a bit bedraggled. It's good that you are able to get it to bloom well. I think it would be preferable if you could give it very bright but cool conditions, say temperatures in the 50's with little no no fertilizer over winter and see if the foliage holds better for you. Then fertilize and give it optimum conditions over the summer every year. But, you could experiment and try cutting it back and giving it little to no water (soil not quite bone dry) to force it to rest for the winter.

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