Chojubai Already on the Move

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Weather has been exceptionally warm here for this time of year, in the upper 60’s and 70’s. With that, some species like quince have decided that winter has already come and gone and are waking up. This chojubai in particular is ready for spring, but with real winter not even started, what problems does this present? Is this just what chojubai do before flowering or does this mean I won’t get any flowers?

Once quince begin flowering, have they lost all cold tolerance?

Bonus shot of a Toyo Nishiki flower bud.

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Mine are flowering like crazy right now. Hell I've started repoting some trees as I'm not sure we are going to get a winter in lower Alabama this year.
 

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Mine are flowering like crazy right now. Hell I've started repoting some trees as I'm not sure we are going to get a winter in lower Alabama this year.
Yeah I think I’m going to be in the exact same boat as you pretty soon here. But I’m vastly unprepared atm, I mean who expects to be repotting in December?? I honestly don’t even know if the Toyos ever went fully dormant, they need reported though
 

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My chojubai flower just about all year, and one is starting to break bud. I keep them in the shade to slow things down. They’re pretty hardy from my experience, and when it does get cold, they stop, and when it gets warm, they grow a bit.
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If one has a chojubai in a small pot, is it pretty susceptible to drying out and dying at a pretty quick clip?
 

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Brian, when do you repot yours?
Spring with everything else, or fall, just when the heat breaks.
If one has a chojubai in a small pot, is it pretty susceptible to drying out and dying at a pretty quick clip?
Not really, but I do keep mine in a very protected area.
 

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Yeah I think I’m going to be in the exact same boat as you pretty soon here. But I’m vastly unprepared atm, I mean who expects to be repotting in December?? I honestly don’t even know if the Toyos ever went fully dormant, they need reported though
I am thinking that we will still get some cold nights later this month but the current forecast is pretty warm. I also am out of soil. I usually get these things ready during Xmas wk vacation but didn't this year. Luckily i only have 1 yr seedlings to repot this year for the most part.
 

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My chojubai flower just about all year, and one is starting to break bud. I keep them in the shade to slow things down. They’re pretty hardy from my experience, and when it does get cold, they stop, and when it gets warm, they grow a bit.
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Sounds like you wouldn’t be too worried then? Coldest it’s been was last night at ~30 degrees
 

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Sounds like you wouldn’t be too worried then? Coldest it’s been was last night at ~30 degrees
Nope. Mine were frozen solid the last 2 mornings, and are still blooming.
 

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Nope. Mine were frozen solid the last 2 mornings, and are still blooming.
I have yet to get flowers on mine after 2(?) years, and same with the Ume I have. I’ve had one bloom on the Ume in Jan 17’, and since then nothing. Never a chojubai. They’re in a grow bed and have put on a lot of growth too, I’m hoping to get some this year on both the chojubai and the 4 Ume in the bed.
 
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