Bonsai Re-potting for Beginners in Fairhaven
For each tree that is bonsai, eventually comes a time when its root system has taken all the space in the pot, restraining additional development needed to support the growing plant. An operation of bonsai repotting and root pruning should be completed to address this issue. It enable the tree to grow vigorously and healthy for several years and will reorganize the root system. Tricks in the next post will provide you with an overview about how to do bonsai repotting by yourself.
First, you should test whether it is already the time for bonsai repotting. When the tree is still in dormancy, this has to be done every year during early springtime. Gradually ease the tree from its own pot and analyze the rootball. Should you see long roots encircling the inner side of the pot or the rootball, it's already the time for bonsai repotting to be implemented.
Prepare a brand new pot, where the tree will soon be planted, or clean the old one. Cover the drainage holes using a plastic net, fixing it using a bit of wire. Then place a layer of grit on the bottom of the pot, on top of it a layer of ground, where the tree will likely be put, after which to allow emptying.
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Another part of the bonsai repotting procedure would be to displace the old soil from the rootball, preferably using chopsticks, when the pot is ready. Then prune the longest roots with a sharp pair of shears or scissors. Also search for any dead, rotting, injured or infected roots, and remove them too to refrain from spreading root rot. Aim to remove up to 1/3 of general root mass.
Finally set the tree in the prepared pot and tie it with the wire that is anchorage, to be sure that wind won't rocks it in the forthcoming weeks, when its roots aren't yet fully regenerated. Fill the remaining portion of the pot with fresh soil, ensuring there are no air pockets. Water the compost completely, to help it settle.
The tree will now need about six weeks for regeneration, with the bonsai repotting operation entire. After that, its root system will have the ability to develop freely, growing more fine feeder roots in a more compact rootball, than what might be achieved with roots that are unpruned. This can translate into more essential nutrients feeding your precious plant, and in effect its improved health, vibrancy along with your enjoyment of its own attractiveness.
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