Iwasaki five needle pine repotted in 2007/2008

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Iwasaki five needle pine repotted in 2007/2008

Post  boon on Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:18 am

this is the five needle pine that one of my students received as a gift.
first, i repot it in March 2007 in a training box.

remove it from the pot before working


close up of the front nebari before work


close up of the back


we bare root the front all the way to the trunk and plant it in the training box. this is what it looks like a year later

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Post  boon on Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:54 am

Felix worked on removing tree from the box. He ordered the new pot for this tree. it arrived in time, in March 2008


small gap was made between the rootball and the box


Doug helped me taking out of the box


preparing the pot with wire


close up of the rootball and mycorrhiza


there was more mycorrhiza on the front that we bare root last year


this time we do not have to work on it too much. the roots are healthy and filled with feeder roots


this time i focus on bare root the back half. the old soil contain too much dust and organic materials. feeder roots do not grow well in the old organic soil.


the front of the tree, the rootball stay intact. long roots were cut and this is what it looks like after work.


pumice is used as drainage and then a layer of medium size soil on it


push it down and twist it at the same time to get rid of the air pocket on the bottom of the rootball.


check the position and the level of the root ball in the pot before tying with wire


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Post  boon on Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:02 am

After tying with wire, we work new soil in. then brush it up to level the soil. it should be a little lower than the edge of the pot.


repotting was completed before watering

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Post  Hombre on Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:44 pm

What a tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cheers cheers cheers

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Post  Hawaiian77 on Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:03 pm

Awesome progression. ThumbsUp Beautiful tree.... well done. thumbs up

-Tim Cool

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Post  Guest on Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:56 pm

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Post  Joe Hatfield on Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:56 am

I enjoyed this very much.The tree is incredible. Thank you for posting the progression. Still waiting on such a fantastic gift Smile cheers

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Post  Luis Fontanills on Sun Apr 18, 2010 3:00 am

Great job - that tree is a masterpiece!

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Post  Seth Ellwood on Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:19 am

That is a wonderful tree .I like it even better with the lowest left branch removed to my eye it makes the tree look more balanced.

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Post  boon on Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:53 am

Hombre wrote:What a tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cheers cheers cheers
Hombre,
thanks,

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Post  boon on Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:56 am

Hawaiian77 wrote:Awesome progression. ThumbsUp Beautiful tree.... well done. thumbs up

-Tim Cool

thanks, Tim

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Post  boon on Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:59 am

Joe Hatfield wrote:I enjoyed this very much.The tree is incredible. Thank you for posting the progression. Still waiting on such a fantastic gift Smile cheers
Thank you, Joe,
you need to volunteer for the National Bonsai Foundation. then some day you might receive such a gift.

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Post  boon on Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:00 am

Louis and Sankofa,
thanks,

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Post  boon on Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:09 am

Seth Ellwood wrote:That is a wonderful tree .I like it even better with the lowest left branch removed to my eye it makes the tree look more balanced.
thanks for you comment,

IMHO it is still recovering from the quarantine process. it was planted in poor quality soil. you can see from the first pic that the root was not healthy. Now, it is in good soil this pine has almost fully recovered. the goal is to strengthened the right branch before making further decision.
the tree is over 100 years old. growing a branch, it will take 20 to 30 years or more. cutting a branch off, it will take less than a minute.
it is up to Felix on what he want to do with the tree or redesign.

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Post  Mario Stefano on Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:56 am

Boon thanks for the education, a beautiful tree!

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Post  LELE on Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:55 am

Thanks for sharing....it is just sensational Very Happy

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Post  Kev Bailey on Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:28 pm

Excellent tree, photo's and explanation. Thank you for all the details Boon.

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Post  littleart-fx on Sun Apr 18, 2010 11:59 pm

Hi! Mr. Boon

cheers cheers cheers king

thnx. 4 sharing!

grtzz from Holland where weather is just to good to be true......and the skys are there without air plains! Blue! thumbs up

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Post  xuan le on Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:22 am

The tree looks even better in 2010, I was lucky enough to see the tree with my proper eyes last month when I had a workshop with Boon at Felix place.

Xuan

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Post  Tony on Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:29 am

Hi Boon,

Great sequence of the tree and time taken to repot. Most would have gone the whole way by removing all the old soil. Great that you did it in two stages. the result form putting the tree in a box is fantastic... plus this would have given the owner a good deal of time to select the correct pot for the tree. Great pot too!!!!

Tony

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Post  Tom McCue on Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:02 pm

Absolutely Incrdedible!!!!

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Post  Paul Landis on Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:47 am

Thanks for sharing and all the great info Boon!!

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Post  anttal63 on Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:10 am

No doubt about it Boon, That is one hell of jwp. Cant wait to see it getting back into show condition! cheers

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Post  boon on Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:00 am

Anttal, Paul, Tom, Xuan, Littleart, Kev, Lele,
thank you,

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Post  boon on Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:10 am

Tony wrote:Hi Boon,

Great sequence of the tree and time taken to repot. Most would have gone the whole way by removing all the old soil. Great that you did it in two stages. the result form putting the tree in a box is fantastic... plus this would have given the owner a good deal of time to select the correct pot for the tree. Great pot too!!!!

Tony

Tony,

this is what i have done for over 10 years. This technique(removing half old soil or half bare root) has saved several old trees. I have not lost a tree using this technique. Unless it is too far gone. that is from poor quality soil that cause root rot.

I usually wait 2 years between repotting. This time, Felix had the pot for it. that is the reason why we repot it again. and i see that the tree is growing very well in the box. wooden box is very good to help the tree to grow. the owner custom ordered the pot just for that tree. i like it a lot too.
thanks for the comment.

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