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BonsaiEngineer1493:
Hey

I am new to the study of bonsai. I currently own 6 trees( 2x Fukien Tea, 2x Satsuki Azale, Trident Maple and Brush Cherry). I have own them for 3 months. I'm trying to grasp as much knowledge as possible.

Right now I'm concerned about winter maintenance for my trident maple (7 years old). I brought it inside because the temperature outside is in the low 50s. I bought in  September and during that month I removed one branch, large leaves and long shoots. I haven't touched anything, but I changed my water schedule to 1-2 times a week. Any suggestions?
 
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Dave Murphy:
Your trident needs to go back outside ASAP.  This is the wrong time of year to work tridents (and most decidous trees, really).  You need to find a place outside, protected from wind and sun, let the tree go dormant and spend the winter  cold, sometimes frozen, but asleep until next spring.

BonsaiEngineer1493:

--- Quote from: Dave Murphy on October 08, 2012, 08:40 PM ---Your trident needs to go back outside ASAP.  This is the wrong time of year to work tridents (and most decidous trees, really).  You need to find a place outside, protected from wind and sun, let the tree go dormant and spend the winter  cold, sometimes frozen, but asleep until next spring.

--- End quote ---

Under what conditions do I bring it inside?

Adair M:
Bring it inside to work on it, then, back out it goes.

Please be aware that trident maples are a little more sensitive to the cold than other maples.  The top parts are ok with the cold, but the roots don't do well if they get really hard frozen.  Set the pot on the ground, and mulch it in really good.  Some I know use a type of heating pad to keep the ground a little warmer for their tridents.  Again, your local bonsai club should be able to help you. 

Bill Valvanis, in Rochester, NY can guide you.

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