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Leeds, UK
Floo
Oct 30, 2016 4:21 AM CST
Should I overwinter my bay saplings indoors or will they be okay?
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sooby
Oct 30, 2016 4:49 AM CST
It depends where you are located. We had a large bay tree in the garden in southerm England, equivalent to USDA zone 8 or 9, but it wouldn't stand a chance outside here in Ontario, Canada winters, zone 4. Most references I've seen say zone 8 or warmer for it to survive outdoors.
Leeds, UK
Floo
Oct 30, 2016 5:03 AM CST
I'm in Leeds, which apparently is 9b
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sooby
Oct 30, 2016 5:32 AM CST
This map looks like Leeds is 8b. It puts where I lived on the south coast as 9a. But if you're right in the city of Leeds you'll get some extra heat from the city heat effect. You could also try a cold frame, or keep some outside and others indoors. In pots they are likely to be less hardy than in the ground.

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I'm not sure if we have any NGA members in Yorkshire, maybe @kniphofia can help. If not, you're not far from the RHS gardens at Harlow Carr, maybe you could ask there.

Leeds, UK
Floo
Oct 30, 2016 5:43 AM CST
Thank You!
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kniphofia
Oct 30, 2016 10:47 AM CST
I wouldn't winter them indoors if there would be too much heat. If you have a protected spot in your garden or can put them against the house wall I think they'd be fine. Sue is right, they are hardier when planted so I'd give your pots a little bit more protection from the cold.
Leeds, UK
Floo
Oct 30, 2016 8:03 PM CST
Okay thank you

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