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Burlington, VT
Nov 20, 2017 6:06 PM CST
Hello! I live in Burlington, Vermont, and just bought a danica arborviate on sale at my local gardener supply store. I'd like to plant it in a container for greenery on my front stoop. Should I put any mulch on the very bottom of the container to retain moisture throughout the winter? How often should it be watered over the winter months? Any advice would be much appreciated!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Nov 20, 2017 7:07 PM CST

No, don't add anything to the bottom of the pot. All the soil you use should be the same from top to bottom. Layering different soils or gravel or... causes root rot. Your plant should be planted in well draining soil and kept damp but not wet. Make sure the top of the rootball is just slightly above the soil level - the soil in your pot should be slightly mounded with the top of the rootball at the top of the mound. Whatever you do, do not bury the trunk. Make sure the placement on your stoop is in at least part sun.
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