Repotting a mame

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Repotting a mame

Post  quatrefi on Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:15 am

Hello, i've go to repot three or four mame (in pot for three or four years) and of course they've got a lot of roots compressed in a very small pot.

What would you do?

Cut pieces of roots like a cake with a saw?

Not touching very much the roots, just a light cleaning?

what else???

Thank you !

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Re: Repotting a mame

Post  JimLewis on Mon Oct 18, 2010 2:53 pm

I'm not at all certain how you managed to get a mame to go 3-4 years without repotting. I sometimes repot nine twice a year.

I always bare root -- using a blast of water from a hose -- comb out the roots, then trim however many need trimming.

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Re: Repotting a mame

Post  quatrefi on Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:25 pm

These mame come from a professional nursery, first time i look at the roots they were already very compact quite impossible to comb.
I did comb them a little bit last year but didn't insist.
I need to drown them for a good watering...
With a lot of fertilizer they did grow quite well this year.

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Re: Repotting a mame

Post  Rob Kempinski on Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:09 pm

Mame is a size and not a species. Handling treatment of tree's roots during repotting varies by species. Some trees like a Ficus you can be very hard on the roots,, others like a pine or podocarpus, you need to be gentle with the roots during repotting. The health of the tree, soil condition and root condition also impact the repotting treatment. Experience is the best teacher, so if in doubt, take in easy and give the roots a light pruning and repotting.

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Repotting a mame

Post  bonsaisr on Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:33 am

In Paris, I'm sure you will find one or more bonsai clubs where they can give you some hands-on help.
Iris

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Re: Repotting a mame

Post  Guest on Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:07 am

Depends all on which species you are talking about. Are they evergreen, deciduous? Maple or Pine?
It is late season to repot, and when dealing with small mame-bonsai repotting is most often every spring to avoid root balls overgrowing.

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Re: Repotting a mame

Post  quatrefi on Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:46 am

Hello again thanks for your answers.
Those mame are evergreen, 2 privets and one diospyros kaki here are the pictures...






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Re: Repotting a mame

Post  Guest on Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:07 am

quatrefi

Repot in early spring will be my best advice. Depending on the amount of roots, you have to remove about half or one third of the roots.
These are shohin sized, not mame.

At http://www.shohin-europe.com/articles-size.html you can read about the sizes.

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Re: Repotting a mame

Post  quatrefi on Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:20 am

Thanks very much Morten, do you have to repot every year?

I didn't know that shohin and Mame were different, mame are smaller?
Sorry i didn't see the link, i'm going to read it for the sizes !!!

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