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    I grew several extra paw paw trees last summer and moved them indoors. They were in a stone crock and would have died. I have a cold back porch and put each in a separate temporary container for the winter. The porch gets below freezing occasionally.

    I have never kept a deciduous tree inside for the winter. Will they lose their leaves? Should they be watered? Would it be better to keep them somewhere warmer?

    I had houseplants in the past but got rid of them due to my son's mold allergy. I would rather not keep the trees in the main part of the house.


    #2
    I believe you still have to water them, though not as often.
    I don't know.

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      #3
      Agreed. They will still drop leaves and follow seasonal patterns. You are basically giving them a mild winter.
      Go Space Force!!!

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        #4
        If you want to prevent leaf loss you need to turn on a light every night at about midnight for an hour.
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          #5
          Originally posted by Harlequin View Post
          I grew several extra paw paw trees last summer and moved them indoors. They were in a stone crock and would have died. I have a cold back porch and put each in a separate temporary container for the winter. The porch gets below freezing occasionally.

          I have never kept a deciduous tree inside for the winter. Will they lose their leaves? Should they be watered? Would it be better to keep them somewhere warmer?

          I had houseplants in the past but got rid of them due to my son's mold allergy. I would rather not keep the trees in the main part of the house.
          I really wouldn't water unless you keep them in a warm room, which I also wouldn't do.

          Deciduous trees have evolved to handle freezing temperatures: they shut down. Jettison leaves, shut down sap flow, go to sleep like bears in a cave.

          It's the evergreens that I would worry about.

          Having said this, I don't know how cold it gets where you are!

          In winter at the orchard we'd go and do our prune of the fruit trees, and we'd take the good looking prunings inside and tie them up. We'd wrap them in plastic wrap, and put them in the cool store.

          In spring we'd use them to graft onto unwanted trees (eg turn a cox into a queen by chainsawing off the cox, and grafting six or eight queen cuttings onto the top in a vase shape. Cover in wax, leave and it takes.

          This is done when the freeze is gone and you can expect temps to reach above 10*c in the day.)

          Once your trees have lost their leaves you can just chuck them in the garage if you're worried about a freeze so hard you expect the dirt in the planter to freeze. Dark doesn't matter. The only thing that would worry me (and as I say, I don't know how cold it gets for you in winter) is that some trees have some kind of clockwork mechanism going on in them, and won't trigger for spring unless they get good and cold in winter. Check the fruit type, the weather you expect to have where you are at, and make your best guess. And remember my cuttings kept in a cool store all winter in plastic wrap.

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            #6
            You shouldn't let the roots dry out.

            http://www.starkbros.com/growing-gui...re-winterizing
            I don't know.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Harry Henderson View Post
              If you want to prevent leaf loss you need to turn on a light every night at about midnight for an hour.


              And lightly missed them with an atomizer every 2 1/2 hours around the clock. it is imperative.



              and sing to them they love that.
              Go Space Force!!!

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                #8
                Originally posted by Mayaca View Post



                And lightly missed them with an atomizer every 2 1/2 hours around the clock. it is imperative.



                and sing to them they love that.
                I do sing to my trees! I also forget to water them for long stretches.

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                  #9
                  Bushes prefer poetry
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Harry Henderson View Post
                    Bushes prefer poetry
                    I love Bush's poetry.


                    I think that we all agree, the past is over.
                    This is still a dangerous world.
                    It's a world of madmen and uncertainty
                    and potential mental losses.



                    Rarely is the question asked
                    Is our children learning?
                    Will the highways of the internet become more few?
                    How many hands have I shaked?

                    They misunderestimated me.
                    I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.
                    I know that the human being and the fish can coexist.
                    Families is where our nation finds hope, where
                    Our wings take dream.

                    Put food on your family!
                    Knock down the tollbooth!
                    Vulcanize society!
                    Make the pie higher! Make the pie higher!
                    ------------

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                      #11
                      I think that poem's gonna go nucular.
                      I don't know.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by gamgee View Post
                        I think that poem's gonna go nucular.
                        I just now learned that this is called rhetorical metathesis or just metathesis depending on the context. It's actually something I didn't know had a name for, and apparently the term ebonics is reserved for black folk only.
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Harry Henderson View Post

                          I just now learned that this is called rhetorical metathesis or just metathesis depending on the context. It's actually something I didn't know had a name for, and apparently the term ebonics is reserved for black folk only.
                          Aks me if I care!
                          I don't know.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Harry Henderson View Post

                            I just now learned that this is called rhetorical metathesis or just metathesis depending on the context. It's actually something I didn't know had a name for, and apparently the term ebonics is reserved for black folk only.
                            i bet it comes from ebony - black.

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                              #15
                              I hope you guys can iern this all out.
                              I don't know.

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