Houseplants forum→Should I move my plants away from the windowsill during winter?

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Minneapolis, MN
Oct 20, 2020 11:09 AM CST
Hello guys, I live in Minneapolis and winter is coming, literally! I have had my plants on the windowsill (some are seedlings) and to be honest, this year, my dorm room doesn't get much direct sunlight since there is a building right in front of me. To cope with that, I added a grow light.
But now its winter and I am scared that my plants could freeze to death, especially the seedlings. Should I move them away from the window? (I was thinking my desk) But there will be absolutely no direct sunlight. I can also buy another grow light if necessary.

For the most part, they are bonsai trees and some succulents.
Grew Occidentalis
Delonix Flame Tree
Japanese Black Pine
Siberian elm
Black Spruce
Buddha Tree

Thank you
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Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
Oct 20, 2020 1:29 PM CST
The black pine, elm, and spruce are hardy and can stay in the window. I would move the rest or get a heating pad for underneath them. If you do move them you will need much more light.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Oct 20, 2020 4:29 PM CST
I agree with John, The Grewia and Delonix are both tropical plants that require warmth and it will likely be too cold in that windowsill for them to survive over winter. Here are our database entries for the plants you've listed, where you can find member photos and growing information:

#1 Crossberry (Grewia occidentalis)
#2 Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia)

#3 Succulents, depending on which ones you have, some may require full sun, some may require more shade and possibly warmer temperatures than the windowsill will provide.

#4 Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii)
#5 Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila)
#6 Spruce (Picea mariana)
#7 Buddha Tree - I'm not sure which plant that is, possibly: Buddha Belly Plant (Jatropha podagrica) ?
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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Oct 20, 2020 6:06 PM CST
Just want to Hurray! for plants in your dorm room. From one who also did many years ago, (and I bet there are others here.) Smiling
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)

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