Bonsai Repotting for Beginners in Yorktown
For every 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 performed to deal with this problem. It enable the tree to grow healthy and vigorously for several years and will reorganize the root system. Suggestions in the next article will give you an overview about how to perform bonsai repotting by yourself.
First, you should test whether it's already the time for bonsai repotting. This has to be done each year during early spring, when the tree continues to be in dormancy. Gently ease the tree out of its own pot and examine the rootball. If you see long roots encircling the rootball or the inner side of the pot, it is already the time for bonsai repotting to be executed.
Prepare a fresh pot, when the tree will likely be put, or clean the old one. Cover the drainage holes with a plastic net, fastening it using a part of wire. Then put a layer of grit on the underside of the pot, to allow emptying, and then on top of it a layer of earth, where the tree will be planted.
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The next part of the bonsai repotting procedure would be to displace the old soil from the rootball, rather using chopsticks when the pot is prepared. Then prune the longest roots with a sharp pair of shears or scissors. Also look for any decaying, dead, 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.
Eventually place the tree inside the pot that is prepared and tie it with the anchorage wire, to make sure that wind won't rocks it in the coming weeks, when its roots are not yet completely regenerated. Fill the remainder of the 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 entire. After that, its root system will likely have the ability to develop growing more fine feeder roots in a denser rootball, than what could be achieved with unpruned roots. This will definitely translate into more essential nutrients feeding your cherished plant, and in effect its improved health, vibrancy and your enjoyment of its beauty.
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