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Larry Gockley:
Hello Anna. You do not mention what kind of bonsai you have. What you should try to do is minimize temp extremes as much as you can. That's why people put the pots in the ground and mulch with leaves. The problem we have in the south is that winter only comes for 2 or 3 days at a time, then mild temps return. If the pot / roots freeze and thaw again and again, it may harm new root growth. Try to get local advice , but if not, I'd burry the pots in an area that is out of the wind. Also, snow is a great insulator , and too minimizes temp extremes. I would not put any tree in total darkness for the winter. Any living thing constantly has some growth, cell division, even when dormant, and sunlight helps the tree prepare for the next step in the growth process.

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