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September 26, 2006

Treatment of Ginkgo saplings in winter

Hello ginkgo friends, I have questions regarding how I should treat my saplings this winter. They, being started in April, are anywhere from 4 to 8 inches. Some with much and others with little foliage. We live in Montana and the winter is descending. Most of them live in 6 inch pots a few are in larger pots (12’’-18”). Should I plant them outside with or without mulching? Or at all? Should I leave them in their pots and wait another year? Or two?
I appreciate any feed back or direction towards which I could find answers. Expediency is crucial I would have asked sooner but I have such a difficult time with computers. Any one in the near vicinity is welcome to one of these starts I have about fifty were started in april after having harvested the seed last fall.
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At 9/27/2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ginkgos can tolerate freezing temperatures.

But you should insulate your Ginkgo from freezing winds. Even without leaves, a tree can be freeze dried to death. The water in the soil is frozen, so when the twigs loose moisture in the wind, they dry out to death, for lack of moisture to replace what is lost. Cover it with something to keep in moisture.


At 11/05/2006, Blogger riverbirch36 said...

Hi, you can get those white styrofoam rose bush covers will work great, or put them in an unheated garage or shed for the winter. They should stay potted for at least 3 or 4 years so you can overwinter them safely.

At 1/11/2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi...I live in New Zealand. I planted a gingko straight into the soil at the beginning of our winter which is comparatively mild. It started sprouting a few leaves in the early spring and is now about 24" tall. I have just read here on this blog that it is better to keep it potted for three to four years. Would anyone recommend potting it in the autumn or leaving it where it is?


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