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Barry 1
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going dormant?

hi :D well if you are trying to let a bonsai go dorman could you just put it in a refrigorater? also should you let a grapefruit, or a pomegranate tree go dormant? thanks :D

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Forced dormancy? Maybe a fridge would work. Why would you want a tree to go dormant out of season? Why not use Gaia's natural rhythms to lull your tree to sleep?

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lol i ment in the winter to make it go dormant, because i live in michigan and it gets to freezing temp so i cant realy ceep it outside and i wanted to know if the fridg would work lol, but thanks for your answer lol :D also about what time of the year should i let/make them go dormant, if at all? Thanks soo much :D

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Well, what kind of tree is it?

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a grapefruit, and a pomegranit

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:roll: I should have read your original post a bit better.

Best answer I have? Dunno. :lol:

I don't have any experience with either of those types of trees. I'm sure someone will come along and educate us both.

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Barry 1,

Pomegranate will go dormant but I keep mine from freezing. Once temperatures threaten to dip below freezing I bring them into an unheated garage until it gets too cold there. At that point I move them again to a cool basement. What options do you have for winter quarters?

Although I did try Citrus once a few years back I gave up on them. They just did not seem to grow as well as I would have liked here in PA. I kept them over one winter, handling them similarly to Pomegranate except I moved them inside earlier. They did not lose their leaves but did slow down considerably in the cool basement.

To answer your question directly, yes trees can be kept in a refrigerator if necessary. I see from [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=27840]your other thread[/url] that you intend to start from seed. When I start anything from seed I always start quite a few knowing not all will make it. This means your refrigerator will get awfully crowded.

https://www.bonsai4me.com/SpeciesGuide/Punicia.html


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Thanks for all y'all's help :D

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