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Forcing Deciduous Trees

Michael L Roginsky d_micro at ix.netcom.com
Thu Dec 14 17:17:43 EST 1995

In <4alaqr$ier at mail.one.net> markws at one.net (Mark Stephens) writes: 
>Has anyone here had any experience with forcing deciduous trees to
>indoors in the winter?  I have an extra Oxydendrum arboreum (Sourwood)
>aprox. 2 years old, that I am attempting to grow indoors.  I have
added a 
>light source that shortens the dark time to about 11 hours, and  I
have placed 
>the tree in from of a south facing window.  Anyone have any comments
>suggestions?   Should I fertilize for better results?  
>markws at one.net (Mark W. Stephens) - Cincinnati, OH  Zone 5

>>Deciduos trees require a certain amount of cold weather to live
>>through their annual cycles. The only ones I ever seen indoors were
>>"bonsai" pines and one beech. The art of bonsai requires trimming
>>roots every spring and repotting. This is the difference between
>>tropical vs. temperate climate trees. Even in the tropics, certain
>>trees shed most all foliage and sleep (rain season) just to wake-up
>>for the hotter summer (and sunny) weather. 

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