What should I do with potted Kentucky Coffee tree as winter approaches?

Asked September 19, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

Hello! I am wondering about a Kentucky Coffee tree that my 8 year old daughter planted during a class activity at the Arboretum during a school field trip there this spring. It is doing really well! We replanted it in a 10″ pot and it is 12″-14″ high now with many branches. : ) My question is what to do with it over this coming winter? Can I leave it in the pot? Should I bury the pot? Do I have to plant it in the ground? It seems too small and delicate yet for that. Please help!

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Plant it in the ground in its permanent location now or sink the pot in the ground in a sheltered location until spring. In either case, spread some mulch over the root zone and keep it well watered until the ground freezes.