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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: dennisp on December 11, 2016, 09:35 AM

Title: winter
Post by: dennisp on December 11, 2016, 09:35 AM
What is the best way to winter outdoor bonsai in 9a reagion ( Charleston, SC ). I have a bald cypress, Shimpaku Juniper, Mongo pine, and 2 maples. Question do I leave them outside protected by mulch, or inside a shed in the dark for 3 months
Title: Re: winter
Post by: bwaynef on December 12, 2016, 09:51 AM
Welcome to the board.  With those trees in 9a, I think placing them on the ground would be sufficient.  There are others who grow bonsai in that part of the state that might be able to offer specific advice.

I put my trees on the ground and let oak leaves collect around the trees and they overwinter fine.  I try to keep the leaves off the foliage/trunks just so they're not unnecessarily shaded.
Title: Re: winter
Post by: augustine on December 12, 2016, 11:42 AM
I'm with Wayne, just place on ground. 9A should be a piece of cake.

It would not hurt to place them out of the wind if possible, but this is not essential.
Title: Re: winter
Post by: Larry Gockley on December 12, 2016, 07:05 PM
Don't know if you have fire ants in your area, but here in Texas, putting anything on the ground is a big mistake.
Title: Re: winter
Post by: AnnaAlicie on December 23, 2016, 12:44 AM
What about doing these simple tips for the outdoor bonsai? Will this light setting and warming can be used for maintaining the bonsai during the winter? Will these bring an effect? I am living in Toronto. What do you recommend me to do?
Title: Re: winter
Post by: Larry Gockley on January 05, 2017, 12:41 PM
Hello Anna. You do not mention what kind of bonsai you have. What you should try to do is minimize temp extremes as much as you can. That's why people put the pots in the ground and mulch with leaves. The problem we have in the south is that winter only comes for 2 or 3 days at a time, then mild temps return. If the pot / roots freeze and thaw again and again, it may harm new root growth. Try to get local advice , but if not, I'd burry the pots in an area that is out of the wind. Also, snow is a great insulator , and too minimizes temp extremes. I would not put any tree in total darkness for the winter. Any living thing constantly has some growth, cell division, even when dormant, and sunlight helps the tree prepare for the next step in the growth process.