How do I care for potted apple seedling during the upcoming winter?
I have a 3-4 month old, 5-6 inch tall, apple seedling that I started growing from an apple I ate, and am worried on what to do with this little guy during the upcoming winter. I live in a 5b growing zone if that helps.
Here are the options I’m thinking about:
- Should I plant it in the dirt outside and let it do it’s best to survive?
- Store it in a garage that isn’t as hot as inside my house, but not as cold as it would be outside. The garage doesn’t have any light however. But if it loses it’s leaves for the winter, it probably doesn’t need light.
- Bring it inside my house and keep near a sunny window. This may be too warm for it and not put it into a dormant state.
- Make a small DIY greenhouse around it outside and try and insulate the pot as much as possible with bubble wrap.
I’ve read that apple trees need to go into a dormant state during the winter, so I’m thinking it needs to be cold so it can lose it’s leaves, but not too cold that the roots freeze.
Do I still water it during the winter like I have been during the summer?
This is the first apple tree that I’ve taken cared of, and I don’t know much about how to make them happy. Any other tips would be greatly appreciated! Teach me how to raise this.
Then just for fun, here’s some pictures of it over the past few months.