Yep - zone 4/5. It can be rough. But we live with it and we love our bonsai anyway. Do what you gotta do.
Right now it is 83. Last week, just 2 days before our club show, we had a hard frost here - but not down in the valley.
im near buffalo close to lake erie the wind can whip pretty good here. i tried some in my first year of bonsai and being a noob i killed them like many others along the way. i just haven't got along to get more seeing i have such a free surplus of other maple speciesOk, so you're up there between the Finger Lakes. Yes, it really gets cold up there, but you should be able to have success with Tridents if you give them protection during the Winter
Larch!!!!! Now there's a tree that I truly love for Bonsai and are about as difficult to get down here as Tridents are to get up there. Maybe you can turn me on to a mail order place locally to you where I can get some young ones.TomM wrote:Oh yeah! And especially my favorite conifer - the local deciduous one - LARCH!
That's the tree that got me interested in bonsai almost 10 years ago.
I have mature trees. I'm always looking for 2 - 3 year old seedlings to make into forest plantings. The seedlings are fun to work with.TomM wrote:Two sources of collected larch not too far from you are Bill Valavanis at International Bonsai Arboretum in West Henrietta and Hollow Creek Bonsai in Avon. Check both sites. I don't use mail order myself - only buy at their nurseries or through vendors.
TomM wrote:I get larch seedlings (whips) from our local county Soil & Water Conservation Service. They grow out very well in the garden here. The current 'crop' is to be used for a future forest group workshop in our club. Check with your county service or Cooperative Extension. I believe these programs are throughout NYS. Very cool and inexpensive way to start larches and grow them out quickly.
Very interesting. I bookmarked the site and will contact them next year to find out if they sell to out of state people.kdodds wrote:This is state-wide:
The trees are not "loaners". You're encouraged to plant them for yourself, which is kind of funny since many of them are non-natives.