Repotting Junipers

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Repotting Junipers

Post  Jay Gaydosh on Fri Jul 23, 2010 5:57 pm

While reading Fiona's "Another Darn Juniper" thread, I realized I have a dozen, or so, junipers, all approximately 3 to 5 years old and all in standard nursery pots.

I originally purchased them to use as donor trees to (mostly) kids who showed interest in learning about bonsai.

If I want to start training them for different styles and/or pots, when is the best time to do so. These were all purchased from the Owens Nursery catalog people. (One of their home nurseries is a few miles up the road from me.) I transferred them from their original spike-shaped containers to plastic pots I had saved from previous purchases. I have been working on several different styles, but want to move to the next step. Some I plan on putting into larger pots of boxes to promote the growth to larger style trees, the rest I plan on proceeding on a smaller scale.

What time of the year for Juniperus procumbens is the best time to repot and start training for shallow bonsai pots, root-over-rock styles, and possible raft plantings?

I can get pics of the Jp "forest" if desired.

Thanks,

Jay

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Re: Repotting Junipers

Post  Hawaiian77 on Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:50 pm

Howzit Jay,

Sorry Cuz, I wish I could help you on this one but in Hawaii we can re-pot at any old time of the year. Very Happy

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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:14 pm

So, if I pack up my trees and take them to your house on vacation, I can repot them there and fly them back in their new pots? SWEET!

Thanks, Tim!

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Post  JimLewis on Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:49 pm

The answer:

Late winter.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:07 pm

What time of the year for Juniperus procumbens is the best time to repot and start training for shallow bonsai pots, root-over-rock styles, and possible raft plantings?

You want to repot Junipers in the cooler months, here in Florida that Jan. or Feb.

I agree with Jim Lewis about "Late Winter." Late enough to be cool/cold but with the prospect of warmer weather to encourage growth.

I would suggest something like two weeks before your last projected frost date and then if there is a late frost/freeze be prepared to protect them overnight.

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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:14 pm

Thanks, Tim, Jim & Billy. Juniperus repottimus project now on hold till winter!

Jay

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Re: Repotting Junipers

Post  Hawaiian77 on Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:21 am

So feed them well and watch them grow. ThumbsUp Bagpiper

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Repotting Junipers

Post  bonsaisr on Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:43 am

In Zone 5, repot in March or April. Once they are repotted, keep them above freezing.
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Re: Repotting Junipers

Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:55 am

Hi Jay,
If your junipers are healthy now, you can prune and wire them. Save the root/repotting work until late Winter, per Jim and Billy's suggestions. I also find that junipers respond better if you don't perform major styling and major root pruning at the same time. And as Tim said, FEED them! Very Happy Salut, Todd

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