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Springing Forward!

Post  Jay Gaydosh on Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:34 pm

Checking the forecast for the next 10 days and forward, it looks like Central Illinois (USA) should be past the point of receiving further extreme freezing snaps. All of my non-tropical trees should be out of winter storage and placed in the yard for viewing pleasure by this weekend. Looking forward to doing some repotting and planning for back yard display upgrades.

After months of moping around waiting for Winter to end, I'm finally feeling a surge of energy and motivation!

With all the stife, commotion, turmoil and devastation in the world of recent months and days, a chance to turn inward and concentrate on the resurgeance of Spring is a welcome refuge.

I certainly hope the forum members of even more northern and colder climates receive a warming breeze soon!

Jay

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Re: Springing Forward!

Post  littleart-fx on Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:44 pm

Hi! Jay,.....!

Turtells are awake here!
They life in my pond,....first when they come out a few weeks back it wasn't their kind of weather...
Today they sat in the sun,....bathing for warmth.

And yes in these terms and conditions worldwide speaking....its double thoughts almost double dutch...
Taking them trees out,....

Then again,...best time of year,....enjoy!

Grtzz Machiel,....from the Netherlands....where walls got plastered today.

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Post  gregb on Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:27 pm

Just a word of caution if I might be so bold--there's still a possibility for a freeze where you are for at least another month. Might be O.K. to trot out your tropicals for the day but I would not chance it overnite for sometime yet. Our climate is much milder here than yours and I don't put my indoor species out until mid May at the earliest. I know it's tempting to believe spring is here, but I never rely on a calendar especially given the harsh winter we've just been through Shocked

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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:43 pm

Thanks, my tropicals will start coming out for the day in a week or two, but thay won't stay out until night temps stay abovve 50*F. In case of a sudden cold snap, I run around like a chicken with my head cut off to put them up.

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Post  gregb on Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:47 pm

I hear ya, just trying to save you some trouble. I got tired of the chicken dance long ago and leave most in until it's absolutely safe. I have a serissa forest that I trot back and forth and that's my token "bonsai two-step" partner Very Happy

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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:04 pm

gregb wrote:I hear ya, just trying to save you some trouble. I got tired of the chicken dance long ago and leave most in until it's absolutely safe. I have a serissa forest that I trot back and forth and that's my token "bonsai two-step" partner Very Happy

I'm with you. I tend to lean towards waiting too long to bring them out instead of running them back and forth. Everything that I put 'out' yesterday should be good to 15*F (they were stored in an unheated shed withdecent sunlight through the windows.

The next 10 days says the lowest night time temp should be around 35*F. So the worst I might have to do is go out in the evening and throw a frost prevention cover over them it it looks like a posibility of frost.

Another week or two and my cuttings from last year, mostly Dwarf Korean Lilac and some elm trees will come up from the basement. All my other more tropical and sensitive trees are either under grow lights or in the window at work. They will come home when night time temps look to stay above 50*F.

So, little or no dancing, mainly just an old fashioned promenade as I escort my trees back into the sun!

Jay

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