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Brad in GR

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YIKES! To cold for me AND shore pines!🥶
I’m not sure what zone @Lorax7 is in though. If he is nearer the lake or south of me, might be a different story!!

My father has a shore pine instead in the ground and it has done well for 5-6 years.
 

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Actually, now that I think a little more about it. I guess I misspoke when I said this was my first winter with it. I bought it in the same order with the coastal redwood and the sequoia in 2019, so I guess I already overwintered it twice and had just forgotten all about it.
Just because LATELY temps somewhat less Arctic does not mean permanently absent. Personally have seen 13 below zero here and ice 6" thick. WAY below USDA weather zone.
 

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Just because LATELY temps somewhat less Arctic does not mean permanently absent. Personally have seen 13 below zero here and ice 6" thick. WAY below USDA weather zone.
If it was a larger or more expensive tree, perhaps I’d make more of an effort. But, it’s small enough that I can easily bury the whole thing under snow and it’s a $7 tree, so I’m ok with taking my chances for now. Snow does a decent job as an insulator. Once buried under snow, it should stay reliably around 32 F, maybe a little lower during the coldest part of winter.
 

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Three things I’d say for cheap insurance since these trees seem to all be on the ground.

- Garbage bags

- Stakes or branches

- Bag of medium bark nuggets

Total cost less then ten 10 bucks.

Your trees, your choice. 😉

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I’m not sure what zone @Lorax7 is in though. If he is nearer the lake or south of me, might be a different story!!

My father has a shore pine instead in the ground and it has done well for 5-6 years.
An established tree in the ground has much more protection against the elements then the same tree in a pot on the ground.

Perhaps as much as 2 USDA zones.

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Brad in GR

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An established tree in the ground has much more protection against the elements then the same tree in a pot on the ground.

Perhaps as much as 2 USDA zones.

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Agreed, I’ve stuck to the 1-zone approach so far and have yet to lose one. Fingers crossed for this winter :)
 

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Three things I’d say for cheap insurance since these trees seem to all be on the ground.

- Garbage bags

- Stakes or branches

- Bag of medium bark nuggets

Total cost less then ten 10 bucks.

Your trees, your choice. 😉

Happy Holidays!
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The pots are packed together like a jigsaw puzzle and mulched in with several bags of cypress mulch and my back yard has a fair amount of protection anyway. House on the east, huge old growth cottonwood, a mature spruce, and forsythia bushes on the west. Garage and a row of trees to the south. North side of the yard is the only open part.

Seriously folks, I’ve been doing bonsai for several years and have had very few trees lost due to the winter.
 

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I think the problem here Lorax7 is that we hear, or see the word Michigan, and we all want to put on our heaviest coats and hats. :D
 
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