Overwintering an evergreen shrub

Will overwintering a newly purchased Golden privet in a south facing conservatory produce worthwhile growth or better to plant it now?


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 18,827
    Depends on size of plant and size of pot and how cold your winters get.   

    If too small there is risk of frost damage to the plant if planted out as well as frozen roots and compost if it stays outside in the pot.  If it's a decent size and your winters aren't extreme then autumn is the best time for it to be planted outside as long as you prepare the soil well and give it a good drink to get it going.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thanks Obelixx. The plant is in a 7.5 litre pot and about 80cm high. I'm hoping to get it fairly quickly up to about 1.6m high to replace a failing plant that forms part of a screen in the garden. It will obviously take time to fill out enough to fill the gap. We live near the South coast in Devon so our winters are mild.
    I have the choice of planting it now, placing it in a sunny spot or putting in the conservatory until Spring. I do not know if best to get the roots established in the ground now or mollycoddle it with warmth in the conservatory in hoping to keep it growing throughout winter. Re-potting in a bigger is obviously an option if not planting now,
  • WillDBWillDB Posts: 1,965
    I'd put it out now, you've probably a couple of months before real frosts. Better to get some root establishment over winter, than tender top growth from being in a S facing conservatory.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 18,827
    Yes, plant it out now with a good soak of the pot before you plant it and a good drink afterwards.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Many thanks for the confirming comments. I will get it planted out this weekend,
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 23,087
    The thing to remember is , if you hadn't bought it, it'd be left outside all winter at the nursery / garden centre. I think you'd do it more harm than good bringing it indoors
  • Point taken. Thanks
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