Overwintering Lilac Bush Growing in a Container

I have a lilac bush in a pot. I live in southern Illinois. Can I leave it out over the winter in the pot or should I bring it in? I rent so I don't want to put it directly into the ground. I need to re-pot it into a larger pot. Should I do it before or after the leaves drop for the winter or should I wait until next spring?


By brianlund

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December 5, 20140 found this helpful

Hi I live in Washington state on the eastern side of the state where it is a hardy zone 5a. I have had a liliac bush in a container during the winter it did just fine and it was nice and green the next spring and summer. And the liliac bush in a container will do mostly the same thing as if it was in the ground.


Covering the container in the winter will be a good to help it be protected in the winter. The lilac bush has done will without being protected in the winter too. The soil has frozen solid before, but it will not hurt the lilac bush it should do just fine!

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