Asked October 08, 2018, 2:56 PM EDT
Hello. My little grapefruit tree (about 5') is about 35 years old. My mom planted it at least that many years ago. It has gone from Cleveland to Denver to Chicago to Minneapolis. Indoors in the winter, out in the summer. This summer, when I returned to Minneapolis, it was on the deck, all yellow leaves. I don't know what happened - no water or something. The branches did not seem lively, so I cut the trunk down to about 3 inches above the pot's soil. Hoping maybe it would throw new shoots up from the roots, which it has in the past when it was neglected and seemingly dead.
So my question is: is there any hope of it coming back next year? I've brought the (trimmed) ball of roots inside. If there is a chance of resurrecting it, how do I treat the ball of roots? Repot them? Water them? Or just try to keep them dormant over the winter.
Thank you for your help. The little tree is dear to me.
Hennepin County Minnesota