April 15, 2008
When I put the plants out on the deck 9 days ago I said:
"Yes, we could still get freeze, frost or snow, but I will deal with that
if/when it happens..meanwhile, the plants will be happy to be outside."
sure enough..the expected "April Freeze" has happened..not a big deal though.
Sunday night the overnight forecast was for 32F 0C, with the next few nights after that forecast to be below freezing..so I carried the bogs into the garage. There they will sit until tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon. I could carry them back outside for the days, bringing them in at night, but its still pretty cold when I leave for work in the morning, so I just dont bother! they will be fine in the garage for 3 days. Here are those low temps:
Those lows of 29F and 26F (-2 and -3C) are cold enough to warrant bringing the plants in from the cold...yes they could probably handle it fine, they get cold-snaps like that in the wild..but I figure if I can protect my plants from freeze and frost, I should just do it! its better to not let them freeze if you have the option...If I had plants outdoors in an in-ground bog, they would just have to take their chances!
If the night-time lows are in the mid-30's, but not below freezing, 35F 2C, I dont bother to bring them in or protect them..mid-30's is fine for leaving them outdoors.
Tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday) I will put the plants back on the deck..and the forecast for Wednesday onward shows nice and warm..nightly lows back in the 40's and 50's..
The Bonsai are still around!
Originally Posted by Ant
They are currently in the ground, waiting to be potted up again for the spring,
which will happen soon.
I overwinter my bonsai in the ground, out of their pots, because they dont need to be watered all winter that way..the open ground never dries out in the winter. and I can pile snow on them for insulation.
Your one and only pest!
What bonsais do you have? I like the forest groups with the smaller leaves. I think they are so cool!
Very nice your bonsai are cool
Great Pictures on this Thread. Thank you to everyone!
Your one and only pest!
I have a tree about 14 inches tall. It was under my porch for a few years now (I think 4 or 5) and was growing in rocky soil. I had wanted to make a bonsai back then but got bored with the seedling in a month. I put it in the ground there knowing it was rocky and shady thinking it would grow there and stay small with all the rocks but forgot it was there. I found it today still pretty small with about 8 or 9 leaf buds. Will that work as a bonsai tree?
July 4, 2008
FOUR MONTH update!
Wow..the growing season is half over already!
4 months down (Mar-April-May-June)
4 to go (July-Aug-Sept-Oct)
Happy 4th of July!
I already trimmed away nearly all of the "weak floppy spring growth", the pitchers that grew indoors in February and March..the pitchers from "the burn", as seen in earlier posts.
Now we are deep into the middle of the summer season, and all the Sarr pitchers and VFT leaves are fresh, non-burned leaves.
First up, (above) a new addition to my collection!
a nice big S. minor clump from --------- (I cant say the nursery name here..I will put the name in the webpage version of this documentary.)
A look at all three mini-bogs.
the "Judith Hindle Bog"..
containing mostly..yes, you guessed it, S. 'judith hindle'..
these all came from a big PFT sale a few years back..
there are also two S. leucophylla hiding in the back, and VFTs around the front.
An overview of the whole collection..
Judith Hindle bog on the left.
Middle bog contains a big Leah Wilkerson, plus my three beloved S. excellens,
VFTs in the front again, and a few other random sarrs.
Right bog is a mish-mash of Sarracenia, Leucophyllas mostly, random hybrids,
and my S. rubra ssp. alabamensis AL-02 from the ICPS.
speaking of the rubra.
and thats the Mid-Summer update!
not a heck of a lot to report on..except "the plants are happy and eating bugs like crazy!"
more updates to follow as the season continues..
Here is my largest VFT so far this season, and one of my largest ever:
one and 7/16 inches.
just a shade under 1.5"
1.5 to 2 inches is considered the realm of the large VFT..
I still have never seen one documented over 2"..
(reports of 3" VFTs are just wishful thinking.)
(this was posted in the "whats your biggest VFT" thread:
Whats your biggest trap so far? )