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Jay

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Re: My First Satsuki Azalea
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2012, 07:50 PM »
If yo haven't guessed by know, Bonsai (generally speaking) are outdoor plants. They need the rest that winter brings. Sure they need protection but they are basically the same as their full size cousins. You the search function and look for winter care, or winter storage. Keeping a tree that needs dormancy indoors for the winter will stress the tree and in the long run kill it. Now there are trees that can be kept indoors For the winter, Ficus for one. But maples and Azaelas and many others will not be happy.

May I also suggest you google the Mid Atlantic Bonsai Societies and check out their show come next April. It s in Harrisburg Pa. It is on a weekend, three days. There will be many vendors there with trees and many club members of the (I think 13 different area clubs) for you to meet and talk to. If you haven't located a club by then this may help . You could go for one day or book a room and stay for the weekend.

My two cents
Jay
 

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Re: My First Satsuki Azalea
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2012, 11:58 PM »
I wrote in an article a while back that moss should never be left on the surface year-round.  I should have been more clear in saying "moss applied for exhibition should not be left on year-round".  Naturally spreading colonies or colonies that form from application of powdered moss, plugs, etc. seem to allow for air and water penetration much better than a "show covering" that is allowed to stay there a long time.
 

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Re: My First Satsuki Azalea
« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2012, 12:18 AM »
I removed the moss and placed the azalea outside. Should I layer something on top of the kanuma soil during the winter so the roots do not freeze?
 

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Re: My First Satsuki Azalea
« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2012, 06:25 AM »
This tree, and your others, need to be outside all the time.... during the  growing season. As winter comes and the trees go dormant they need protection. Just covering the soil with something, anything will not do. They need proper winter storage.
 there are many threads on this topic. Just search winter care. You want to keep the trees in dormancy. 50 degrees isn't good, 40's better but still not good enough.... the high 20's to mid 30's is where they want to be. They do not want to be in drying winds nor do they need light during this period.

Winter storage is a huge topic and extremely important.  It is not possible to reduce it to a few lines...

J