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johnmarley

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bagging trees while on vacation
« on: June 12, 2012, 02:34 PM »
I found a brief post about putting trees in clear bags when you can't care for them for a few days.  Anybody have experience/advice about this?
 

Yenling83

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Re: bagging trees while on vacation
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2012, 05:13 PM »
hmmm.... I don't know about this one.
 

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Re: bagging trees while on vacation
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2012, 07:59 PM »
The only purpose that I can imagine is to reduce transpiration losses analogous to a plastic tent over a pot of cuttings being rooted. I would think it adviseable to also put the trees in shade, otherwise the 'green house' tents could cook them. I never really thought about this before, but it seems like a good idea if the atmospheric relative humidity is low (e.g., anywhere in the Rocky Mountain region).
 

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Re: bagging trees while on vacation
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2012, 08:06 PM »
I think I've seen the thread you're talking about, but can't for the life of me remember where it was.  It seems like the topic originator, or at least the person who had the most to say about it, dealt mostly with tropicals.
 

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Re: bagging trees while on vacation
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2012, 10:10 PM »
I have used this technique a few times and I think I have a good system now.

I used a large roll of clear plastic.
I pushed all of the trees together and wrapped them up in 1 big bundle of plastic.
I sealed the seams with duct tape.
I put a fluorescent fixture over them with just 2 54W lamps, along with a 14 hour a day timer. (didn't want to cook them)
I cut a few slits in the top of the plastic to allow a little bit of air movement.
I made sure to water all of the trees well before I put them in the bag.

This most recent time (technique listed above) was used only on tropicals (ficus, acacia, buttonwood, schefflera, etc.)
I left them for 10 days! When I returned, they all looked exactly as I left them. A few ficus had a handful of yellowed leaves, but there was very little mold.

A few years ago, I used a similar technique, but used black trashbags. I left them for about 7 days. When I returned, most of the tropicals had numerous dead leaves, extremely leggy weird growth, numerous aerial roots (which died a few hours after unbagging), and lots of mold. I didn't have any air slits and the bags were black, so that's probably why.
The non tropicals were all fine too, and only had some surface mold (which rinsed off easily).

I have never lost a tree or branch from any of the 4 times I have done this type thing.
« Last Edit: June 12, 2012, 10:16 PM by edro »
 

edro

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Re: bagging trees while on vacation
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2012, 10:16 PM »
Oh, I found pics of one of the more recent times.
Open bag pic is after I return from a 10 day trip.
 

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Re: bagging trees while on vacation
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2012, 11:44 AM »
Just to highlight, it looks like edro used it for tropicals.  Not sure I'd go that route with non-tropicals.