Overwintering a sulking Dwarf Korean Lilac

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Overwintering a sulking Dwarf Korean Lilac

Post  SamC on Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:35 am

This spring I repotted a dwarf Korean Lilac for my wife. It has been in a nursery pot for two years and had tolerated the rather cold winters we have. Lacking any definite repotting information I assumed it would be best to repot before the leaf buds opened. I took care to disturb the roots as little as possible, and only a couple needed any trimming. A few leaf buds subsequently opened, but the rest seemed to be arrested in their development. Overall, the bark looks healthy and not shriveled and dried out as with a branch that has died back.

Now it is autumn, and I am wondering what is the most advisable course of action for winter? Previously, I set this plant along with my other bonsai/prebonsai on plywood on the ground and mulched around the pots with leaves. In its apparently weakened state is that a good course of action? I could winter it in a more sheltered location, or even in a cold part of my house. I am making an assumption that even if it is sulking it needs winter dormancy, otherwise I would consider putting it in a ICU situation as my climate tends towards low humidity.


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Re: Overwintering a sulking Dwarf Korean Lilac

Post  Jay Gaydosh on Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:31 pm

Some of mine are outside and loosing their leaves, preparring for the big sleep. I have 3 others I that were started as cuttings this year. THey are in the basement under lights and kept between 65 and 75.
I would recommend over wintering it in an area that can get cold enough and out of the wind, but not letting the roots freeze. I only water when the weather will allow for good drainage before it would freeze again.

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Dwarf Korean Lilac

Post  bonsaisr on Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:27 am

Dwarf Korean lilac, Syringa meyeri, should be fully hardy in your climate. Plant it in the ground to recover.
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