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Hardening off for the Winter

Post  Jay Gaydosh on Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:33 pm

Night temps here have been from the upper 30s to lower 50s with the averages steadily dropping. I have reduced my watering from twice a day (a month or so back) to now finger testing and watering as needed. This is at times daily and at times every other day.

We are now entering a period where rain is forecast fairly frequently.

My gut feeling is to continue checking and reduce watering and let Mother Nature take care of the water, for the most part.

My concern is that if it rains too frequently, will this throw off the damping effect? I think most would agree that rain water is preferable to tap water, but how could excessive rain disrupt the preparation for winter?

I'm always cognitive that two laws are always lurking behind the scenes, Murphy's Law and the Law of Diminishing Returns, with bonsai both can be deadly.

Thanks,

Jay

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Re: Hardening off for the Winter

Post  Kev Bailey on Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:29 pm

I think you are worrying too much Jay. Unless is a species specific reason for reducing the amount of natural water they receive, just go with the flow. When it rains, don't water. Succulents are about the only thing I can think of where this advice would not hold true.

My concern is that if it rains too frequently, will this throw off the damping effect?

What do you mean by throwing off the damping effect?

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:11 pm

And if you are concerned over trees being too wet, tilt the pots.

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Re: Hardening off for the Winter

Post  Jay Gaydosh on Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:14 pm

I'm not as worried about the trees getting wet ans I am about them staying wet. I'm more concerned about the ones I obtained late in the summer. They're still in the soil they came in. As long as they survive the winter they will be transplanted to a bettter mix. The others drain well, so it is more a concern that they don't get enough time to drain before they get watered again.

Kev, you ar probably right, I worry too much, but I'm certain my biggest problem in the past has been over watering. But, I am learning.

For those with denser soil mixes, tilting the pots would allow for more runoff. Thanks, gents!

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