Repotting wintergreen boxwood

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Repotting wintergreen boxwood

Post  Jake16 on Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:21 pm

I just pruned it a couple of weeks ago and it seems to be a hardy tree, and I just did some defoliation today. Can I repot this tree now ?

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Re: Repotting wintergreen boxwood

Post  JimLewis on Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:15 am

ALL temperate zone trees and shrubs are best transplanted in early spring.

That said, if you really know what you are doing, and if you are capable of giving it appropriate TLC for many delicate weeks afterward, it is possible. However, considering that we are in for a couple of weeks of potential three digit temperatures here in the southeast, I would strongly recommend against it.

One of the most important -- and most difficult -- things to learn about bonsai is patience. It is much better to wait until the optimal time to transplant and do root work. Emergency situations, of course are different.

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Post  Jake16 on Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:17 am

OK thanks, I was only going to do this because it is root bound but i dont think its to the point where its an emergency

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Post  JimLewis on Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:19 am

If you keep an eye on watering, you don't lose trees to being root bound.

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Post  Jake16 on Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:22 am

good to know, Thanks

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Post  coh on Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:16 am

If you think it's rootbound to the point of negatively-impacting the tree, you can always slip-pot it to the next larger size pot. I've done this many times during the summer with a variety of trees. Just tease out the edges/bottom of the root mass a bit, and pot it in a similar soil. This can invigorate a weak tree...then you do the major repotting in the spring.

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