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MatsuBonsai

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Another hot week
« on: August 10, 2010, 08:23 PM »
It's shaping up to be another hot week.  I've got the mister/jets set to come on 4 times a day now, with some additional hand watering after work.  I would enjoy hearing about individual setups and how you are combating the heat this summer. 

Here's a shot of some of the benches with the water running.
 

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Re: Another hot week
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2010, 03:14 PM »
What heat? We are having the coolest summer on record (YAY!!!!)
Actually, I feel your pain (and sweat) because normally our summers are horrendous. We average 3-4 weeks total of 100F plus degree days, plus averages of 95F or more the rest of the summer. But not this year. This year has been wonderful weeks with temps in the 80's, cool breezes, cool nights for great sleeping. I can count on one hand the number of 100 plus degree days this year. I keep telling my husband it's like living on the coast. I'm sitting here with long pants on in August!!!! instead of the usual shorts and tank top attire. Too bad it won't last.
All my trees think we are in perpetual spring (well actually we are). Everything continues to grow. No singed leaves, which are typical on certain trees every summer. No mid summer growth stop from the heat. It's been the best bonsai summer EVER!
I water twice a day when the temps get over 95-98. I move plants to more shade that are in too much sun and might burn. I tend to plant trees in deeper pots due to our summer heat. It may not look as nice as those 1 inch deep pots I see in pictures but it's awful hard to get plants through one of our summers unscathed.
Mary B.
 

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Re: Another hot week
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2010, 07:46 PM »
I am ready for snow!!! Bring on the cooler weather - St. Louis has had enough. Heat indexes in the triple digits all week. Today feels like 112 actual 99. Do not know why I am complaining because the trees are looking great.

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Re: Another hot week
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2010, 08:46 PM »
I'm done with the ridiculous hot weather, as well.  I don't think we've had more then1 or 2 days below 90F since June.  Interestingly, since moving from SE Massachusetts to metro Atlanta in 6/09, I've noticed that my trees don't dry out faster, despite the constant higher temps and little precipitation this summer.  Due to the topography and heavily wooded nature of my yard, the majority of my trees get basically mid day sun, from 11AM to 3-5PM, depending on which bench they are located on, and dappled shade for the rest of the day.  Other then covering the surface of the smaller pots with sphagnum moss, I try to do my one daily watering in the early afternoon, right when they are begining to really heat up, and I soak the soil and mist the foliage at the same time.  I haven't had any heat related issues yet, and the trees seem to be doing well.

Dave

PS  Jrob, I was day dreaming about shovelling snow just the other day- how whacked is that?!
 

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Re: Another hot week
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2010, 09:07 PM »
Ha!  You guys can keep the snow.  We actually got a bit of a break from the heat today.  It was overcast with a few showers throughout the day.  Nice break from the 3 digits.
 

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Re: Another hot week
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2010, 10:24 PM »
   How would you like 90-plus degree weather from April thru October?   I don't ever remember 100 degree temps but all summer long it gets in the 90's but even worse, it rarely gets below 82 degrees or so over night. We are surrounded by 85 degree water. The other day at sunrise, the temp was 82, the dew point 82, and the humidity 94. Some of the more tender trees, like cedar elm, I keep in the shade. They will have another growth period in October, but others, say with shallow pots etc., I cover the pots with old wet white T- shirts. Kind of my own wet T-shirt contest. ::)  Bring on autumn !  Larry
 

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Re: Another hot week
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2010, 08:12 PM »
  Bring on autumn !  Larry

I have a feeling when winter gets here we'll be begging for spring.  Well, those of us who have a winter.  :)
 

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Re: Another hot week
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2010, 08:32 AM »
After the six feet or so of snow we got last Dec. -Feb., I can't say I'm ready for more. ;D :o I would like temperatures that are somewhere South of 95 degrees though.
 

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Re: Another hot week
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2010, 09:33 PM »
been in upper 90's past 2 weeks. Already lost a trident and today a yaupon holly.My serissa isnt lookin to good either.
 

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Re: Another hot week
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2010, 03:40 PM »
I highly recommend an automatic watering system if you can't be there during the day to water.  The mister/sprinklers do a great job keeping the trees cool during the heat of the day.
 

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Re: Another hot week
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2010, 03:07 PM »
  Bring on autumn !  Larry

I have a feeling when winter gets here we'll be begging for spring.  Well, those of us who have a winter.  :)
11 F this morning in my backyard...Atlanta tied a record for cold today set back in 1917...yesterday was the coldest daytime high in Atlanta since the early 90's...snow/sleet/ice predicted for tomorrow night...hhmmmmmmm
 

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Re: Another hot week
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2010, 10:00 AM »
Wow Dave, 11 degrees?  And in " hot-lanta" even.  I lived most of my life in Pa., and have seen 15 degrees below, 5 feet of snowfall in three weeks, and being stranded at work because the snow plows got stuck. The move to south Texas was like a permenant vacation. However, after 15 years of mowing the grass, and fighting mosquitoes year round, it got old. A recent move to east Texas seems to be more pleasant. There is a lot to be said for moderation. Larry
 

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Re: Another hot week
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2010, 05:28 PM »
Larry, East Texas is great this time of year. Wish I were there. My parents have a place in Tyler. The trees (especially the oaks) in the "Piney woods" are spectacular in winter.

S. Texas is the first ring of hell temperature wise  :o ;D
 

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Re: Another hot week
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2010, 08:18 PM »
Larry, I got wonderfully lost in the Piney Woods area last August while searching for a specialty nursery. It was disorienting. If I hadn't known better, I'd have thought I was on the Eastern slope of the Sierra, the sight of which can bring me to tears.
JMichael