Ooohhh! What a wonderfull couple of years…
Been way too hot for the last 5 weeks. 90F+ every day. Our NORMAL average is 78F. Air temps ranged up to 108F. Bonssi soil in the 90F range. The large ceramic pot outsided have been in the 115F+ range.
Analog thermometer in largest pot. Digital laser spot thermometer on outsides.
Keeping up on watering. Moving things around.
Watching the temps of the pots and soil… Lots of shade…
Already lost a Brislcone and a Grand fir. Lost several Hemlock, pines and most of my oaks from last years heat, and frosts (17F) this spring. Fried roots…
Thought you guys might be interested…My wife made several ‘skirts’ for my larger pots. Just cotton muslin, a folded seam and a drawstring. Sewn edges.
Seems to help with the heat. Dropped the temps by 15 degrees… Keeps the pot outside way cool! Soil not drying out so quick…