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BonsaiEngineer1493

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Winter Maintenance
« on: October 08, 2012, 05:40 PM »
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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Re: Winter Maintenance
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2012, 06:14 PM »
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Re: Winter Maintenance
« Reply #2 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.
 

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Re: Winter Maintenance
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2012, 08:48 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.

Under what conditions do I bring it inside?
 

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Re: Winter Maintenance
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2012, 10:38 PM »
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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Re: Winter Maintenance
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2012, 11:14 PM »
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.

I heard of that place. Unfortunately, it is 6 hours away from me. I live in the city. Brooklyn Botanical Gardens have a beautiful collection. I'm trying to find out if there is some kind of workshops. Otherwise my local sources are extremely limited. 
 

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Re: Winter Maintenance
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2012, 11:00 AM »
You may bring it indoors for a day or two for display but they must go back outside

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Re: Winter Maintenance
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2012, 12:15 AM »
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.

What kind of mulch should I buy? how to and where to layer it?
 

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Re: Winter Maintenance
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2012, 09:04 AM »
If you have an unheated garage, shed, or porch you can put the tree in a small box and fill it with foam peanuts.  That will provide some additional protection from the cold in addition to bringing the tree 'inside'.

Most people I know here in Rochester, NY just put our tridents in the garage without any additional protection.  Our winter temps can sit in the teens to single digits for extended amounts of time.
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Re: Winter Maintenance
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2012, 05:54 PM »
I had a create idea of building a mini green house for my satsuki azaleas and trident maple. Once I built it, I will place it on my balcony.