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Dirk

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larch active allready
« on: January 06, 2013, 06:40 AM »
Hi,
I've got a small larch which seems to become active allready, even before we have winter here in the Netherlands.
For some weeks now we have day temperatures of 10 to 12 C. A colder period is forseen for a couple of weeks.

What can I do? Leave it and hope for the best, or shelter it and keep it frostfree?

Dirk
 

Dirk

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Re: larch active allready
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2013, 03:35 AM »
No one?? >:(
 

Jerry Norbury

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Re: larch active allready
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2013, 05:50 AM »
It doesn't look that active to me to be honest. I'd place it where it avoids frosts - a cold greenhouse.

I'm in Amsterdam - none of mine are showing any sign of activity.
 

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Re: larch active allready
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2013, 06:06 AM »
Hi Jerry,

The picture is from the beginning of december. The buds are swelling and begin to shine.
I hope I'm imagening things but am afraid its start being active.
 

Jerry Norbury

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Re: larch active allready
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2013, 06:51 AM »
I'll have to have a close look at mine now. I'll take a photo to let you see how mine look close up.
 

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Re: larch active allready
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2013, 07:39 AM »
Thanks
 

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Re: larch active allready
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2013, 09:19 AM »
I have noted early dormancy signs in larch before with trees I have kept outside usually from odd weather combinations. They would golden up--but never break bud or anything and I would do nothing. Often sub-zero weather would follow and they never seemed worse for the experience. I think what is happening is mostly a bud response--not the roots. In my area(zone 3, very cold, Much colder than the NL) wild maples often start cracking bud in January after bright sun and mild temps. They always close up and wait until spring though. I would not overprotect the larch tree and not worry. Larches are super tough.
 

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Re: larch active allready
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2013, 09:27 AM »
Protecting the tree will only make the problem worse.  The tree will begin growing and the further, initially, into growth, the less cold tolerant it is so frosts/cold snaps that wouldn't hurt the dormant tree would weaken the tree that's already growing.  Unless & until you see leaves, I'd leave it in as exposed a position as you're comfortable leaving a dormant tree.  (You know your climate better than I do.)
 

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Re: larch active allready
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2013, 09:29 AM »
some of mine are starting to move but they will have to take thier chances, and we are forcast to get colder very soon,
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Re: larch active allready
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2013, 12:06 PM »
Some photos of mine from today. The thing I did notice was that nearly every decent sized Larch had Ladybirds/Ladybugs/lieveheersbeestjes in the upper canopy. Apparently I'm providing some overwintering service to the local community.

 

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Re: larch active allready
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2013, 03:49 PM »
Hi Jerry,

I guess you are right: The buds on my larch look just like the buds in your first picture, maybe just a little bigger and somewhat
lighter in Color.
Great yo find those bugs in your larches. Reminds me of what my son said, years ago when he was 4 years of age.
He said "Lief he mama, zo'n heersbeestje".
I'm very sorry, but I would not know how to translate this!
Thanks all for your input. I'm relieved.

Dirk