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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Yenling83 on February 16, 2012, 05:28 PM

Title: How long is too long to leave trees indoors?
Post by: Yenling83 on February 16, 2012, 05:28 PM
I'm taking a three day trip in my truck and will be staying in motels.  I'm going to bring a couple of my trees with me.  I'm wondering how long is too long in general to keep healthy trees indoors or in a car?  I will try and monitor the car's temp throughout the trip. 

If you think three days of keeping a tree inside is fine, then how long is too long?
Title: Re: How long is too long to leave trees indoors?
Post by: JRob on February 16, 2012, 07:03 PM
Good Evening Yeniling83,

I show in two show in which the displays are indoors for the shows which run friday through sunday. The trees remain inside in a climate controlled area. I set up very early friday morning and take down sunday late afternoon. My trees seem to do fine and are none the worse for that short period. Maybe someone else can chime in.

JRob
Title: Re: How long is too long to leave trees indoors?
Post by: bwaynef on February 16, 2012, 07:25 PM
I'd be more concerned about the trees in the car simply because of how quickly they can heat up.  Hopefully you have some sort of a plan in place for security.

JRob makes a good point about bonsai in shows.  3 seems doable, though its more likely to cause your trees to come out of dormancy ...if that's an issue for you.
Title: Re: How long is too long to leave trees indoors?
Post by: Larry Gockley on February 16, 2012, 07:38 PM
You did not mention what kind of trees. I recently took a trop on a trip, and was prepared to bring it into the hotel room overnight if we got freezing temps. As luck had it, I did not need to. If your concern is a dormant tree coming out of dormancy, I believe a week or two would be ok. When I use to collect trees in zone 8, and bring them home to zone 10, it usually took 4 weeks to start to bud. Now, when I collect in winter in zone 8, and put them in my greenhouse,also zone 8, it still takes 4 weeks to bud. If the trees are conifer, I suppose you could bring along a mister. Larry
Title: Re: How long is too long to leave trees indoors?
Post by: Jay on February 16, 2012, 07:44 PM
Our club, Green Mountain Bonsai in Vermont has a display at the State Fair each year. Trees are displayed, and remain, indoors for a week. They are watered as needed and seem to handle this with no problem. The Fair is in late August.

My feeling is you need to be more concerned about the time in the car, especially if the car is in the heat of the sun. Cars/trucks being small heat up quickly and are fairly dry. As for what is to long? I hope not to find out!

Good luck and enjoy
Jay
Title: Re: How long is too long to leave trees indoors?
Post by: Owen Reich on February 16, 2012, 10:53 PM
Kokufu Exhibition trees stay indoors almost two weeks.  Some break dormancy early.  The thing to worry about is desiccation as climate controlled rooms are very dry.  Misting evergreens is advisable.  It's not often brought up, but occasionally, Kokufu trees do get highly stressed or even die.  It's not common, but it happens.