Just Plain Bob
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Winter in Minnesota

Hi. I live in Minnesota and was given an outdoor Gardenia bonsai plant. It has done well outside over the Summer and Fall but I was wondering what to do with it over winter, as it gets below zero here. Would it be ok to bring it in the house or shoud I leave it in the garage where it might get to 20F?

Thanks much for any and all help.

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rainbowgardener
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I think it will need to come in. They have some frost tolerance, depending on the variety (some varieties are more cold hardy than others), but 20 would be pushing it. But it does do better with a dormant period, so if you have a cooler room in your house, that would be a good spot. And don't fertilize it over the winter.
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