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Calgary Bonsai?

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jlushious:
Hm, yeah that could be a problem, I will have to work something out. I rent my house and we don't have a garage or access to the basement (or a spare room to turn into a cold room!). Definitely limits things. I will have to take a try at it this year and see what happens, I don't really have other options.

SusanCue:
I know how hard it is.  I've been doing Bonsai in Calgary for over 30 years and have found the temperature-controlled greenhouse to be the only thing that's reliable.  I know not everyone has a greenhouse.  If you have someone in BC to take care of your trees, you're better off leaving them there for a few years if you plan to go back.  I'm sure you know that you can't grow trees from BC outside in Alberta; wrong climate zone.  Without a greenhouse, the only Bonsai trees you can grow here reliably are tropicals.  Nice ones are hard to find; I bring mine in from Florida.

Please stay in touch and let me know how you do.

jlushious:
Well I finished my winter prep yesterday. I dug a trench alongside my house on the north side, used the dirt from the hole to build up a bit of a berm around the edges. I lined it with straw and then put all my plants in there. I gave them all a good final water and then packed them with more straw. I covered some completely, others up to some of the lower branches. All the pots have straw packed in between them for maximum insulation.

Once it snows I will stack all the shovelled snow on top for extra coverage and hopefully that will keep everything frozen for the winter.

I will have to dig in and give them a water every once in a while since the straw has a tendency to shed water a bit (especially when it's as deep as I made it). But when we get chinook winds and things warm up I should be able to poke the watering wand in there and give them all a water when they need it.

Pic below is halfway through the straw packing process. Fingers crossed!

Judy:
Do you have to do any protection from mice and moles and voles where you are?

KmtConan:
Hey guys, im new ro bonsai and living in YYC, i was just hoping to revive this thread and see if anyone is around.

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