Bonsai Repotting.

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Bonsai Repotting.

Post  Bonsai4life on Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:05 am

Hi. I have a 15 years old San Jose Juniper that i've received as a gift from my family. The tree needed to be repot after 2 years of growing. I would like to know how to remove the tree from the pot, because the pot have inward edge, and i don't want to damage the root by tear it out from the pot. Any help is very appreciated.

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Re: Bonsai Repotting.

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:17 am

There isn't any magic way to do this and you are going to lose some roots, but that is OK. Usually in repotting you take off from 1/3 to 2/3 of the roots, depending upon the plant. Junipers , 1/3 is OK. I use a sharp knife and run it around the edge of the pot, holding it straight up and down and going all the way to the bottom of the pot. (Actually I have a Chinese made tool with a slightly curved, serrated blade.) I see you are in France, but Junipers don't like to be worked in hot/warm weather. It would be better if you could wait until early spring. Here on the Space Coast I would do it in Jan.

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Re: Bonsai Repotting.

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:26 am

I found this tool on E Bay

http://cgi.ebay.com/Bonsai-Sickle-Kama-Tool-Fine-Saw-Blade-Japanese-Garden-/250583309728?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a57eddda0

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Re: Bonsai Repotting.

Post  Bonsai4life on Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:51 am

Hi, thanks for the tip (great tips btw), i wonder if i could use something like a bread knife to sub in for the chinese tool? and I live in Fresno, Cali. not France so its really nice and cool in the mid fall, so i've had great success repotting Juniper in around October. Thank you very much.

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Re: Bonsai Repotting.

Post  Mike Jones on Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:57 am

On pots like this I leave them to dry a bit, then just use a thin paring knife with a slightly serrated edge. The one I actually use is from the worlds sharpest knife range. It is very thin and pliable and I loose the minimum of roots when removing the tree from the pot.

Mike

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