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MatsuBonsai

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Could it be?
« on: February 18, 2011, 03:11 PM »
Has Spring arrived?  Full repotting and fertilizer making starts tonight!
 

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Re: Could it be?
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2011, 04:09 PM »
Sunny 76ºF here today.  Fertilizer making will proceed.  Waiting on soil components to really break into full-on repotting.
 

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Re: Could it be?
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2011, 04:10 PM »
I'm wondering the same thing! We started seeing robins a week ago; a friend at work told me that his wife has seen catbirds already, and the turkey buzzards are back.
No sign of much bud swell yet on in-ground trees and shrubs, on the other hand. So, like I said -- I'm wondering!
If spring has arrived, it will be the earliest spring I've seen in more than 35 years living here!
 

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Re: Could it be?
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2011, 04:52 PM »
I'm not counting my chickens yet. Wayne, remember the Easter freezes from '07 and '08. I just hope my trees aren't waking up before I get down to SC to move up here. After this week it's supposed to get cold again here in southwestern IN. Or it could get cold down there again after bud break and lose them that way since I'm up here. It's a gamble with my trees....and I'm not much into gambling.
 

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Re: Could it be?
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2011, 05:04 PM »
its too early here.  have to keep them asleep awhile longer. nothing good can come from them waking up now.
 

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Re: Could it be?
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2011, 06:04 PM »
Don, "except a fire...."
 

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Re: Could it be?
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2011, 07:28 PM »
Most of my trees have been in a greenhouse all winter, but I am keeping an eye on the cedar elm outside. They show no sign of bud swell yet. I do see changes however in the parsley hawthorn and wisteria. If they bud and it freezes again, I can put them in the greenhouse for a short time. In the past, when I collected a tree, or bought something in a cold area and moved in to a much warmer climate, it always seemed to take at least three weeks to come out of dormancy. We have had only one week of nice weather, so I am not concerned yet. Larry
 

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Re: Could it be?
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2011, 07:43 PM »
Picked up 50lbs of Turface MVP today (my first bag  8) ).  Looking forward to sifting and mixing up some soil.  Slow release pellets go on everything tomorrow.  Yay Spring!  Can't wait for the end of daylight wasting time. 
 

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Re: Could it be?
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2011, 08:13 PM »
I started working on the maples a few weeks ago...they were all re-potted or grown layered and have been kept in the garage up until this week.  The 15 day forecast (at this point) doesn't have temps lower then 37F predicted here  :D, so it's on to the conifers for me.  I've got 2 rocky mountain junipers on the docket for this weekend or next, plus my one and only Ponderosa pine.
 

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Re: Could it be?
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2011, 08:51 PM »
To clarify my earlier position: I don't have any doubts its going to get cooler, and probably significantly, before spring truly arrives.  I'm trying to get ready for when it does though.

I'm luckily in a position where I can provide protection for my trees if I've repotted them and a freeze is called for.  If that wasn't the case I'd probably wait a little longer than the end of the month for repotting to begin.

In the meantime (whatever that is) I'm enjoying these temps.  It was GORGEOUS outside today.
 

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Re: Could it be?
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2011, 09:24 PM »
Don, "except a fire...."

true.  I have some of that too.  We got our first heavy snow early and it has stayed until now, with better than a foot on the ground the whole time.  The result, our deer population was hungry and ate the needles off a bunch of my pines.  They don't like eating pine needles, and I don't like it when they do it.  Tough winter here, and its not over; not even close.
 

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Re: Could it be?
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2011, 06:26 AM »
Don, I know what you mean. Yesterday we had a taste of spring, temps in the high 40's. We lost a good foot and a half of snow to melt. This morning it was in the low 20's. Spring isn't here yet in Vermont .... but it is Sugaring weather. The maple syrup is flowing and this is looking like a great year for syrup, Bonsai.... they are stirring but it is too early.

J
 

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Re: Could it be?
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2011, 06:40 AM »
No snow or frost for about a month now, all the trees have woken up and are active. The birds are back and there is so much pollen in the air that the wife can't walk outside without a mask.
 

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Re: Could it be?
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2011, 07:01 AM »
Good Morning All,

This week has been beautiful in STL but the extended forecast though the month still has us dropping below freezing some nights. I am holding off till March. I am not being drawn in to the sense of false security by a few nice days. Just last week we were below freezing and two weeks ago we had 5 inches of new snow.

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Re: Could it be?
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2011, 10:31 AM »
Spring was last week in Northern California.
Woke up with the yard covered in snow this morning....