Winter Storage - Looking for Recommendations

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Winter Storage - Looking for Recommendations

Post  Jay Gaydosh on Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:17 pm

I'm working on the "new and improved" winter bonsai storage and outbuilding.







The wall closest to the garage (in the background) is almost finished. I have framed in a door opening for a 36" door. The front end will be framed to contain 2 4 foot wide by 7 foor swinging doors.

The top triangle of the building, in the back, has yet to be added. I'm trying to decide if I want to cover the top in clear or translucent plastice for light or if I want the building to be as dark as possible.

As shown in the third photo, the North side has two glass storm doors (one is already mounted) which will provide some light, but both will be insulated and allow for ventilation when allowed to swing out the bottom.

With winter storage of temperate bonsai, is it crucial to block out all light or will the addition of front and back panels and the two side allow sunlight through be beneficial? I also plan on beginning starts and/or using part of the building as a greenhouse in the Spring. I can cover the trees with dark plastic or totally block in the ends and cover the windows in the winter.

The roof and boarded walls will be covered in solid sheets of plastic and insulated on the inside and all outside gaps filled with mortar. The shelves my trees are currently on will be put inside against the far end and South wall.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations. We are improvising on this one.

Any recommendations and why you would do what you recommend?

Jay


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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:21 pm

FYI: We hope to have the building sealed enough so that the trees are out of major breezes and the cold, but loose enough that the air does not get stagmenant.

Jay

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Post  Hawaiian77 on Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:59 pm

Howzit Jay,

Looking good so far. ThumbsUp Question, dose it snow in your area and will the translucent plastic hold up? IMHO, for temperate bonsai I would get as much light as possible but looks like the way you have it set up should be find. Also, how do you plan to regulate the temp in the building?

A Hui Hou,
-Tim Cool

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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:49 pm

Hey, Tim.

At times it snows alot, other times, not so much. I can use snow or mulch to bury the pots to help insulate the roots.

A couple layers of heavy plastic held up on the cold frame last year. I may have to replace it each year, but plastic is cheap enough and I have a large roll of it. Temps will be regulated several ways. During warmer periods the windows will be propped open. When above between 15*F and 32 the widows will be shut. Below 15 I have heaters, fans and lights. Plus the building will also hold the vegetable oil for my truck, so periodically I will have oil heating.

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