overwintering

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    Overwintering and soil

    From my understanding it is best to have soil with good drainage to overwinter your trees. I live in zone 5b so it gets really cold here. I have several trees that I've gotten from nurseries that are in black soil and a couple of baldies in muck. Im somewhat concerned about the amount of water...
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    Monterey Cypress cold winter conditions

    Hi Everyone, I'm new to this so any and all advice is appreciated (especially from anyone who has experience with this tree). A few months back I was given a Monterey Cypress seedling (2-3 years old). Most of my family lives in northern California and I was given it as a reminder of home. Which...
  3. Bonsai Noodles

    Overwintering with a mini-greenhouse?

    I read a few threads on how greenhouses are a bad idea for overwintering trees — especially temperate ones. But would it work for me though, since I live in Zone 4a (Minnesota). That means winters can dip as low as -20/-30 F, and average winter temperature high/lows are 30-10 F. If the...
  4. Bonsai Noodles

    "Pipe wrap" bubble film to keep trees insulated in their pots?

    I've heard some people use bubble wrap to insulate bonsai pots for the winter. Has anyone used this "pipe wrap" bubble film? It looks like it might do better than plain-old bubble wrap... Or not. What are your guys' thoughts? Being in Minnesota, I wanted to make sure my trees were...
  5. Bonsai Noodles

    Has anyone had long-term success with wintering in a refrigerator?

    This thread on refrigerator overwintering really piqued my interest: https://www.bonsainut.com/threads/refrigerator-dormancy.10325/ I'm currently in Minnesota cold and plan to use an unheated garage to keep trees from dying in the crazy-cold weathers. Seems doable, and I've had success with...
  6. Josiana

    Bargain Juniperus Chinensis Stricta

    I just recently purchased this Stricta for 49kr (5usd?), and it is my first 'proper' foray into bonsai (I have a green carpet juniper I have only repotted and a ginseng ficus). I made a training pot for it, but will wait for spring to transfer. And I will clear the soil that is currently...
  7. Culper Woodhull

    Am I overwintering or do I have a greenhouse?

    I've debated a ton on how I'm going to overwinter my Juniper Bonsai. Leave it in the pot on the ground, buried in the ground, the garage(I thought this would kill it, but I guess it can be done) and finally use my egress window. I felt the egress window would be best, as it would keep the snow...
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