overwintering a dogwood tree in a pot?

Asked December 11, 2016, 9:10 PM EST

Hi, I purchased a good size dogwood (Cherokee Red) in the spring and have not been able to get it in the ground. Can I overwinter in a garage until spring or should it be potted up in a larger pot? Thanks!

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

To overwinter outdoors plants in containers need to be 2 zones hardier than your zone. The best recommendation is to sink the container in the ground to protect the root zone from the cold temperatures. Much with several inches of mulch or shredded leaves. Do this before the ground freezes. Then you can plant in the spring.
If you place the dogwood in the garage there is a danger that it can dry out, if not watered.