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Caring for Duranta Over Winter

I received a Duranta Plant for my birthday in July and it was beautiful and healthy all summer. With the recent freezing temperatures overnight, I brought it into the house. My problem is that I have tried to find out about how to winter it in the house, but the information is very limited. Can you give me any information about it? It also has a very thick stem with leaves on it that grew over the summer. Should I cut this back?

Now that you've brought your plant indoors, place it in front of your sunniest window. No need to prune. In fact the more stems and leaves the more energy the plant can produce to get it through this difficult period. Add an artificial light if possible. Your plant will drop leaves as it adapts to its new location. Be patient, you should see signs of new growth soon. Your plant is just shedding its "outdoor leaves" and will soon sprout "indoor leaves". This is a reaction to the lower light levels of winter and the indoor environment.

Water the soil thoroughly whenever the top few inches begin to dry. Place a few pebbles in the saucer. The pot will sit on the pebbles above the water to prevent root rot. Plus the extra humidity helps the plant tolerate the dry air indoors. Do not fertilize until late winter unless the plant starts producing new growth and show signs it needs fertilizing. If this is necessary, use a dilute solution of indoor plant fertilizer.


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