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spennyhm
Dec 4, 2017 11:43 AM CST
I have a young blue point (roughly 18") and live in south-eastern PA. Is it too early in the tree's life to plant outside this winter? I can put mulch on it and cover in burlap if that helps.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 4, 2017 3:13 PM CST
Where has your plant been living up until now? How cold is cold? Does it snow at your house?
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spennyhm
Dec 4, 2017 3:26 PM CST
I've had it inside for a few months. Unfortunately my cat messes with it and it gets bugs so I want it outside. It never dips below 10 degrees in the winter with the occasional snowfall of a few inches.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Dec 4, 2017 3:57 PM CST
It's listed as hardy to Zone 4 so it shouldn't have a problem being outside because of its age. But it has been inside for a few months and that is a problem. That means it has not had a chance to acclimate to cold weather. It's supposed to turn cold by the weekend here in the NE, not sure what your forecast is but if it really has to go outside you need to try and ease it into the cold first so that it can adapt. I'm not sure if that is going to be doable. What is your weather forecast for the next couple of weeks?
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spennyhm
Dec 4, 2017 4:05 PM CST
Mid 30s to mid 50s
Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 4, 2017 4:18 PM CST
If you were to put it outside for the day (once it is above freezing in the morning), do you have somewhere like an unheated garage where you could put it for the nights for the next while?
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spennyhm
Dec 4, 2017 4:26 PM CST
I could bring it into my kitchen overnight.

Should I bother with mulch and/or covering in burlap?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Dec 4, 2017 5:13 PM CST
No, that will just encourage root rot.
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Dec 4, 2017 6:48 PM CST
I don't think bringing it into the kitchen at night will work because it will be warm in there and cancel out the cold experience during the day. If you don't have anywhere cool you can put it at night, I guess the only option is to plant it outside in the ground as soon as possible, and hope the weather stays mild enough for long enough for it to acclimate before the real cold sets in. If there is a choice, put it in a sheltered spot. It probably would be OK to cover it with burlap, that might also help it to adapt to the increased light intensity as well. If it turns very cold in the next couple of weeks don't be surprised if it doesn't make it.
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spennyhm
Dec 5, 2017 7:21 AM CST
Thanks for the input, everyone. I don't want to chance it dying (even though it is browning slightly), so I'll concoct a place to put it inside until winter is over.

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