Bonsai Re-potting for Beginners in Captiva
For every bonsai tree, eventually comes a time when its root system has taken all the space in the pot, restricting additional development necessary to support the plant that is growing. To deal with this issue, a process of root pruning and bonsai repotting must be performed. It enable the tree to grow healthy and vigorously for several years and will reorganize the root system. Tricks in the next post will provide you with an overview on how to perform bonsai repotting by yourself.
First, you must check whether it is already the time for bonsai repotting. This must be done each year during early spring, when the tree is still in dormancy. Gradually ease the tree from its pot and analyze the rootball. Should you see long roots encircling the interior side of the pot or the rootball, it is already the time for bonsai repotting to be implemented.
Prepare a fresh pot, in which the tree will likely be planted, or clean the old one. Cover with a plastic net, fastening it using a bit of wire. Then place a layer of grit on the base of the pot, then, and to enable draining on top of it a layer of ground, on which the tree will probably be planted.
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When the pot is ready, the following part of the bonsai repotting procedure would be to displace the old land from your rootball, preferably using chopsticks. Prune the longest roots with a sharp pair of shears or scissors. Also look for almost any injured, dead, decaying or infected roots, and remove them too to refrain from distributing root rot. Aim to remove up to 1/3 of general root mass.
Finally place the tree inside the pot that is prepared and tie it with the anchorage wire, to be sure that it won't be rocked by wind in the coming weeks, when its roots are not yet fully regenerated. Fill the remaining pot with fresh soil, ensuring that there are no air pockets. Water the compost completely, to help it settle.
The tree will need about six weeks for regeneration, with the bonsai repotting operation complete. After that, its root system is likely to have the ability to develop freely, growing more fine feeder roots in a denser rootball, than what could be achieved with roots that are unpruned. This can translate into more essential nutrients feeding your beloved plant, and in your enjoyment of its beauty along with effect its improved health, vibrancy.
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