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PeterW

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Mugo Pine hardiness zone
« on: March 06, 2010, 05:32 AM »
I have recently purchased my first Mugo pine, i have heard that they may not grow to well in my area but wish to test the water with one. I live in Australia, Southeast Queensland to be more specific, from what i understand it is in zone 5. Can anybody point me in the right direction with where i may be able to find advice with them please?
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Peter
 

tanlu

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Re: Mugo Pine hardiness zone
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2010, 12:33 PM »
Mugo pines were the first bonsai material I worked with and they are VERY hardy. From what I know, they are hardy up to Zone 2, but that's in North America. They are from the Swiss Alps, and a friend of mine who has been raising them for decades keeps them outside in the winter. They thrive in cold.
 

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Re: Mugo Pine hardiness zone
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2010, 02:04 PM »
I have very limited knowledge of mugo, but I think one problem they have is their ability to handle the heat.  Correct me where I'm wrong.
 

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Re: Mugo Pine hardiness zone
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2010, 02:58 PM »
They have never done anything for me, but it could just be the material I have tried. The collected ones are spectacular. John
 

PeterW

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Re: Mugo Pine hardiness zone
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2010, 03:18 AM »
Thanks for your replies......better late then never, i guess. Didn't help this tree however, it's deceased. Ahh well, there's always another available at the nursery... :)





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bonsaikc

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Re: Mugo Pine hardiness zone
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2010, 02:04 PM »
Thanks for your replies......better late then never, i guess. Didn't help this tree however, it's deceased. Ahh well, there's always another available at the nursery... :)

Odds are good that you girdled the trunk with removal of all the branches at the first level. If you try again, I'd suggest removing two or three (and leave a 1/2 inch or more stub) from other sides of the tree. Next year you can remove a couple more. This gives the tree time to heal and reroute nutrition and water.

Chris





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PeterW

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Re: Mugo Pine hardiness zone
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2010, 02:30 PM »
That could well be right Chris, i will remember that next time. Thanks for your time.
 

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Re: Mugo Pine hardiness zone
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2010, 03:42 PM »
Generally speaking, mughos are an alpine tree that seem to be able to handle severe cold, although I haven't had any trouble at all with mughos here in Kansas (also zone 5).
 

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Re: Mugo Pine hardiness zone
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2010, 08:23 PM »
It's hard to find good mugo pine bonsai-material at garden centers since they tend to have a more shrubby growth habit (no strong leader/apex). However, as stated earlier, they are tough trees and they sure can take a lot of abuse from beginners^^

Try Googling "Vance Wood" and "mugo pine" at the same time and you'll find some very helpful info. Knowledgeofbonsai.org and Bonsai4me.com also have very indepth articles on mugo pines.

Good luck