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Repotting bonsai

Post  Nicwyn on Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:44 am

Hello I have a 3-4 year old japanese maple I had it in a 5 gallon planter and took it to my local bonsai guy and he said the pot was way to big and pUT it in a bonsai pot my question is the trunk is only about .5 inches and I'm afraid it will stop growing in the pot he reported it about 3 weeks ago and it is just starting to bud should I and is it OK to repot it again in a bigger pot or would it do to much damage to it and I should leave it in there till next year thanks for the feedback

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Re: Repotting bonsai

Post  Marty Weiser on Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:05 am

You can probably slip pot into a bigger pot with no problems. Just move the tree into the larger pot and work in the soil. don't shape the current soil off the roots. I suggest a winder, but no deeper pot if your goal is to increase the trunk thickness.

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Post  beer city snake on Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:39 pm

but it will also NOT "stop growing"...
and i would be inclined to give your "bonsai guy" the benefit of the doubt... at least for now.


a picture of the tree and pot would help folks provide any further advice.
(unless you included one in your post and it is being filtered by my work computer)

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Post  Nicwyn on Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:38 pm

Ok thanks I know it won't stop grown as they never will actually stop growing but will slow the trunk down and since it is so young I didn't want to lose a year of young growth

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Post  beer city snake on Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:02 pm

if you really wanna put on fast growth, just stick it in the ground for a couplafew years !

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Post  M. Frary on Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:13 am

Or,uh oh a big bucket. Like maybe 5 gallon ought to do it. affraid

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Post  beer city snake on Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:43 pm

M. Frary wrote:  Or,uh oh a big bucket. Like maybe 5 gallon ought to do it. affraid

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Re: Repotting bonsai

Post  breck on Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:59 pm

Sort out the roots now or you will have a hell of a mess (poor nebari, winding roots, tap root) which will need lots of time and work to sort out if you plan to repot into a larger pot or plant inground. Also if planting in ground leave a ceramic tile under the roots to encorage lateral root growth

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Post  BrendanR on Fri Mar 18, 2016 12:11 pm

Have a look at this post (hope you can see the pics) about sorting out roots - it is one of the best I have seen.


http://weetrees.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=14577

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Post  augustine on Fri Mar 18, 2016 5:17 pm

Leave it alone 'til next year at which time you can pot up to a larger size and arrange the roots.

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