Ask a Question forum: Keeping an ornamental quince alive indoors

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Jan 24, 2017 4:25 PM CST
I bought a quince for my garden last summer but never got it planted. I brought it inside in early December, thinking it was probably already dead but then it amazed me by leafing out and blooming! The blossoms are now fading and I'm wondering if there's any way I can keep it alive indoors over the winter (I live in north central Massachusetts). If I place it in our basement where it will be cooler, should I add a grow light? Create a "greenhouse" out of plastic sheeting? How much should I water it? Fertilize it? Do I need to replant it in something other than the 3-gallon pot it came in? Thanks for any advice you can give!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jan 24, 2017 4:51 PM CST

Your Quince did what it was supposed to do last fall - go dormant. But when you brought it in, the Quince thought spring had come early so did what they do in the spring: leaf out and bloom.

Its too late to stick it back outside this winter so a gro-light is your best option.

Next time, if you have hardy perennials that don't get planted, just put them up against the house in a protected spot or bury the pot in the ground. Hardy perennials are always happier outside.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


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