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winter damage 9 years 7 months ago #4218

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Spring is here. Time to assess the casualties of winter. Although I check on my trees every few days throughout the winter,trees still die. I have learned to accept it. All of my established trees made it through just fine.My willow cuttings did not fare as well. I lost all but one. That one has some die back on it but it'll survive.I'll just start more this year. I have 2 willows in my back yard.
My soft wood hydrangea cuttings made it. I can see buds starting to swell. The hard wood cutting didn't pull through.
I rooted the softwood in water and the hard wood in soil.....
Other than that my trees did pretty well this winter.
How did everyone else's trees do?

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Re: winter damage 9 years 7 months ago #4222

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Well our weather has been awesome this spring! Mid March and our temperatures are in the 70s and 80s - So I have been out doing some checking - this is bizarre for our area - we usually have lots of snow on the ground till mid April - so basically my trees are 2 - 2 1/2 months ahead of themselves.

Although a bit early to tell on some trees I collected last autumn it looks like several red pine made it through, and cuttings from black pine, hawthorn, and elm look like they may make it.

The rabbits gnarled back a couple of my elm and maple which isn't to bad as they did a pretty good job of punning lol this is the third year they have munched back long growth - this fall I will have to build a wire fence round them to protect them.

I'm very happy a Japanese maple I started from seed 2 years ago survived and is budding nicely

And today I started planting my tree seeds - various white pine, black pine, larch, cotoneaster, etc.. I took them out of the fridge and was very pleased to see many are sprouting.

But my biggest thrill was seeing that 65 seeds of a local-growing Japanese Maple - Bloodgood that I collected last fall have all sprouted, and are now nicely planted in starter pots!! I collected 70 seeds lol

Unfortunately I lost a white cedar I collected from an alvar in the fall - which is too bad as it was a very nice old stunted tree from the wild.

All in all it was a good winter, with very little damage.

I'm so Happy to be out working in the bonsai yard so early!!

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Re: winter damage 9 years 7 months ago #4229

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I have yet to find a tree that did not make it through winter. Surprising, as we had a flash-frost dropping down to -18C from +12C within a few days over february. In the garden I lost a few established graden plants (Passion fruit, American Sering ETC). But my
bonsai & cuttings seem to all have made it.

All the hardwood cutting taken late november seem to love it (Buds swelling everywhere). I have collected Beech and Cratyeagus from hedgerows the last weeks, and they are struggling. The digging had to be done without planning: Someone decides to change their garden, typically they post a notice that you can get the plants for free, but they have to be gone by the weekend. So I am guessing half of these will not live past summer.

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Re: winter damage 9 years 7 months ago #4270

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well last year i had rabits that killed 2 and damaged 3 ...this year i had a vole chew up 3 ...lesson learned voles can get through chicken wire ie. i need smaller holed wire to protect my trees :S .they are doing ok and sprouting nicely. i guess its just natural pruning. as for the others they are all doing great and comeing back to life :cheer:

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Re: winter damage 9 years 7 months ago #4274

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living in a tropic is a real treasure...good luck guys

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Re: winter damage 9 years 6 months ago #4327

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Tropical would be nice, but have you ever seen the seasons change in Maine? The colors the trees display are amazing.

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