How To Winterize Flutterby Petite Tuitti Fruitti Butterfly Bush In Wisconsin?

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i bought this plant in a coco lined hanging pot. How do I winterize it for the wisconsin weather?

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Cindy-Most of the Buddleias are cold hardy to zone 5. Most of Wisconsin hardiness zones will have freezing temperatures where this plant will die back to the ground. Because of this many are grown as perennials keeping the soil well mulched to insulate the roots from freezing. In your hanging basket the root ball can easily by damaged by freezing temperatures. I would leave it outdoors until it goes dormant or you expect any freezing temperatures. At that time you can wrap the basket with a blanket or bubble wrap and move it to a protected area away from an winter drying winds. You want to keep the soil moist but never wet during the winter months. The plant during this time will not need much water when dormant but the moisture in the soil will help to keep the roots insulated from freezing. If the plant is left outdoors don't do any cutting back of dead stems or pruning for size until next spring. Stems left on the plant during the winter months will help to insulate the plant against further die back. The easiest way to over winter your hanging basket would be to move it into an unheated garage once it has gone dormant or freezing temperatures into the 20s have arrived. While in the garage keep the plant a little moist, more towards the dry side, but never too wet as this can cause root rot. In the spring once you don't expect any more freezing temperatures you can prune the plant back and repot it into a larger container if need be and move it back outdoors.

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Answer #2 · Cyndi Wilkinson's Answer · John thanks for the info. Would I do the same to try and save my mandeville in a hanging pot)

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Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Cyndi-The Mandevillas are cold hardy to zone 9. Because of this they should be moved indoors when the temperatures drop into the lower fifties. They will do well indoors if the temperatures are in the sixties or higher. They also need to be placed in an area of plenty of light. When indoors water about once a week just to keep the soil moist but never wet. If you set the hanging pot in a tray make sure you empty the tray of water after watering so that the soil in the pot is not kept to wet. Even in the house the plant may go dormant and lose its leaves. If this happens cut back on the water just making sure the soil doesn't dry out. The plant will need very little water not having leaves to support. Too wet a soil can cause root rot. Once the temperatures have warmed up into the sixties in Spring the mandevilla can then be moved back outdoors.

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