Bonsai Repotting for Beginners in Loon Lake
For every bonsai tree, 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 root pruning and bonsai repotting should be performed to deal with this dilemma. The root system will be reorganized by it and enable the tree to grow vigorously and healthy for several years. Tips in the next article will give you an overview about how to perform bonsai repotting by yourself.
First, you must test whether it's already the time for repotting that is bonsai. This must be done each year during early spring, when the tree continues to be in dormancy. Gently ease the tree from its pot and examine the rootball. Should you see long roots encircling the rootball or the interior side of the pot, it is already the time for bonsai repotting to be implemented.
Prepare a fresh pot, where the tree will likely be planted, or clean the old one. Cover the drainage holes with a plastic mesh, fastening it with a piece of wire. Then put a layer of grit on the bottom of the pot, on top of it a layer of soil, where the tree will soon be put, and after that to allow emptying.
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The following part of the bonsai repotting process is to displace the old earth in the rootball, preferably using chopsticks when the pot is ready. Prune the longest roots using a sharp pair of shears or scissors. Also search for almost any decaying, dead, wounded or infected roots, and remove them too to avoid distributing root rot. Aim to remove up to 1/3 of general root mass.
Eventually put the tree inside 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 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.
With the bonsai repotting operation whole, the tree will need about six weeks for regeneration. After that, its root system will undoubtedly have the ability to develop growing more fine feeder roots in a more compact rootball, than what could be achieved with roots that are unpruned. This will translate into more essential nutrients feeding your beloved plant, and in your enjoyment of its beauty and effect its improved health, vibrancy.
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