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May 2, 2020 9:50 AM CST
My plant survived its first winter. I was worried that the Canadian cold would be too much for a pot.
Sadly, it did hurt it.

This is how it was in Obtober
Thumb of 2020-05-02/Phindar/21764b

This is how it looks now:
Thumb of 2020-05-02/Phindar/bc569f

So, what can I do to help it recover?
I am watering it more frequently (like I did last summer). Should I trim it or just remove the dead leaves?
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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May 3, 2020 3:37 AM CST
If the plant tissue is dead you should remove it with a sharp hand pruner. Cut until you hit green in the stem and hope for the best. Fingers crossed.
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May 3, 2020 4:35 AM CST
Container might have been too small. The root system may be compromised too.
I have a couple of family friends who do container evergreens here in Michigan. They have them in deep, large wooden planters and they wrap it with 6mil plastic around the base. And then they put up a burlap wind breaker from the West side around to the East. Those cold, dehydrating winter winds are blocked and the warmer side is open allowing for some warmer air to help them through the tough times.
This past year the coldest it got here was +8 but last winter we saw below zero several nights and a low of -14.
Their system seems to be working.
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[Last edited by BigBill - May 3, 2020 4:36 AM (+)]
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