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    What to do about early bud break?

    I've toyed with building a poly tunnel in the past. It is only a small number of trees, so I think I can do the back and forth shuffle between the shed overnight and benches during the day for the ones that have budded as needed based on the weather. All the other trees have moved out though.
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    What to do about early bud break?

    This all makes sense and I appreciate the candid feedback from everyone. I think the hesitation I feel, and I know others feel, is that it is hard to test the limits. You can try to scale back watering or tweak fertilizer and see the results, but if you don't give appropriate winter protection...
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    What to do about early bud break?

    Walking home today, I noticed some landscaping flowering cherries and forsythia had started blooming. The high 20s next week might be a bit rough on some of them.
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    What to do about early bud break?

    Why do you stack the small trees on top of the larger ones? Is it just so they don't get lost/damaged with all the mulch?
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    What to do about early bud break?

    This is great information. Thanks!
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    What to do about early bud break?

    I pull off all my flowers on the quince in development because I want it to save the energy to push out growth elsewhere.
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    What to do about early bud break?

    Fun fact: they use that antifreeze component from fish to make low fat ice cream that tastes smooth and not icy.
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    What to do about early bud break?

    How did you get a measure of your chill hours?
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    What to do about early bud break?

    I leave all my bigger trees outside on the ground, but the smaller ones I have in the shed. I'm not 100% sure what you mean by a 'proper cold greenhouse.' My setup for the smaller trees is a shed without windows and temperature controlled to prevent it from getting below freezing (heater kicks...
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    What to do about early bud break?

    I said cold frame, but it is actually a shed with no windows and a temperature triggered heating element so it never goes below 32 degrees. It can get a little warmer than the ambient air though so I try to keep the door ajar during the day when I am home.
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    What to do about early bud break?

    I don't believe they have gotten 1000 hours yet. Pretty confident they have not.
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    What to do about early bud break?

    Hi All, In North Carolina, we have had some near record highs. It has been low 70s this week, but it is expected to get down to high 20s next week. Some of my trees (quince, beautyberry) have already started to leaf out despite being in a sun protected cold frame. This is a new experience...
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    Is the current bonsai instructional system broken?

    Honestly, most of the numbers floated by folks about how much a bonsai professional should be paid seem pitifully low to me. Education at any level is expensive and usually gets more expensive the better trained the teacher. There are probably less than a dozen bonsai professionals based in...
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    Is the current bonsai instructional system broken?

    I believe some professionals offer Skype session. I believe Bjorn has done some Skype sessions with a club member.
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    Is the current bonsai instructional system broken?

    In a recent Mirai podcast, Walter Pall discusses how he gave up a career in consulting to pursue his passion in bonsai. He actually threw down some numbers and essentially he used to make more per hour in consulting than an entire day of bonsai workshops. Even for professionals, most shows and...
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