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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: dre on January 06, 2013, 03:47 AM

Title: hardy zone treatment
Post by: dre on January 06, 2013, 03:47 AM
quick question to see if any one has any experience with shipping trees to different hardy zone im in mass and someone in georgia want to buy a tree of mine that can live live in both zones but up here the tree is frozen solid would it be bad news for the tree to send it to the potential buyer ????
Title: Re: hardy zone treatment
Post by: Don Blackmond on January 06, 2013, 08:53 AM
generally speaking, no issue.
Title: Re: hardy zone treatment
Post by: Leo in NE Illinois on January 09, 2013, 04:59 PM
Ditto what Don said. Going from colder to warmer is usually not a problem. Shipping a tree frozen may actually help it stay in its pot during transit. After you packed the tree for shipping, but before you send it, shake the box, turn it upside down, otherwise test it. If you hear any movement, you did not pack tight enough. Be sure to pack tight and be sure to wrap pot and soil so if it thaws in transit it doesn't flop out of the pot.

When winter shipping tropicals, keep in mind the locations of transit hubs for the carriers, if there are mountains between source and destination between transit hubs. It might be mild at your house, and at the destination, but say from Chicago to Seattle, there is some high elevation between where it can get cold for ground shipping. Similarly for air shipping. Fed Ex for example has major hub in Memphis. If I want tropicals from California, to ship by air, I check the Memphis weather, that is where they will be on the ground out in the open during the plane change.

Hope that helps. If you are shipping a hardy tree, should be no problem at all.
Title: Re: hardy zone treatment
Post by: nathanbs on January 09, 2013, 05:02 PM
i had a problem once receiving a winged elm from Oklahoma that was dormant and never woke up? :( Maybe it was dead already not dormant, however it was a reputable artist/seller