Temporary Storage of Yard Yamadori

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So... we had planned to remove some gold mop cypress, or maybe they are Juniperus x pfitzeriana (I don't know. I'm freaking tired!) Anyway, today the plan came to fruition. And, of course, no bonsai freak would yank 10+ year-old shrubs out of their yard and just haul them to the curb. Am I right? So, yes, I should have done it back in March or April, but life gets in the way. So it's May 16 and I finally had time to extricate said shrubs. They look great and have lots of potential. My question is... I'm out of bonsai soil but have some coming within a few days. I'm also out of steam (Did I mention that I'm freaking tired?). What's the best way to keep these beautiful bare-root future bonsais for a couple of days until my soil arrives and I get enough energy to actually pot those bad boys? I'd post photos but I'm too freaking tired! Any advice appreciated!
 

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Sounds like RightHandLuke forgot what the hell was going on!

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“I wonder if this is a time for black plastic bags?”

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Sorce is an ass so I'm not going to try and figure out what that means (although I might figure it out in a few minutes because understanding his comments has a slight time delay). Atom... I have no idea what you're talking about and why your response is in quotes. Maybe it's me. I'm freaking tired!
 

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If you didn't plant the hole you dug then from place them back there temporarily, or put potting soil around them. Anything to keep the roots wet until you can pot them properly
 
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Heel them in, in some loose dirt, to keep the root mass moist. I think best bet would be in the shade, too, as they are going to be stressed.
 

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Sorry to @sorce and any misunderstanding. I meant my comment in the most congenial sense. As a fellow smartass, I fully appreciate the repartee of those skilled in irony and sarcasm. (Maybe should have used an emoticon. Did I mention that I'm tired?) Argh...
 

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You know the saying....

The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing...

Get some rest!

Love!

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@LeftHandLuke If it’s just a couple of days, you can probably just wrap the roots in damp sphagnum and tie it up in a couple plastic bag, store in a cool spot till your soil arrives.
 

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If it’s just a couple of days, you can probably just wrap the roots in damp sphagnum and tie it up in a couple plastic bag, store in a cool spot till your soil arrives.
Wise advice. I had already preemptively started soaking some sphagnum and have done just what you recommended. Thanks all!
 

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On a brighter note... Whilst digging out my juniperis-chamaecyparis-wot-the-ef-is shrubs I happened to spot a cocoon. Showed it to wife who nodded with vague recognition that this was something of note then took it from me and tossed it into yard bag. I then extricated the cocoon from the yard bag and [skipping the part where I explain that this is a pretty cool thing, with not a small amount of annoyance] placed it safely out of the way into an unused pot. I then became obsessed with saving my future yardmadori (and inadvertently ripping on @sorce :() and forgot about it. But just this afternoon... Mothra appears! Looks to be an antheraea polyphemus moth. Had to share...
 

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Awesome moth!

(1) Protect the roots. You can drop them in another hole, put the root balls in plastic bags and shelter the plant so you slow down the rate of transpiration, or you can simply place them on the ground and pile dirt around the root ball - making sure to cover it with at least 12" of soil all the way around.

(2) Don' t plant them close to the poison ivy in your avatar :)
 

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