Advice For Bonsai Growing in Pearl, Illinois

Bonsai Re-potting for Beginners in Pearl

For each tree that is bonsai, eventually comes a time when its root system has taken all the space in the pot, restraining further development required to support the plant that is growing. A process of bonsai repotting and root pruning should be performed, to address this dilemma. It will reorganize the root system and permit the tree to grow vigorously and healthy for several years. Suggestions in the following post provides you with an overview how to do bonsai repotting by yourself.

First, you need to check whether it is already the time for bonsai repotting. When the tree is still in dormancy, this needs to be done annually during early springtime. Gradually ease the tree out of its pot and analyze the rootball. Should you see long roots encircling the interior side of the pot or the rootball, it's already the time for bonsai repotting to be carried out.
Prepare a fresh pot, where the tree will soon be put, or clean the old one. Cover with a plastic net, securing it using a piece of wire. Then put a layer of grit on the bottom of the pot, to enable draining, after which on top of it a layer of ground, on which the tree will probably be planted.

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The next part of the bonsai repotting procedure will be to displace the old soil from your rootball, rather using chopsticks when the pot is ready. Then prune the longest roots with a sharp pair of shears or scissors. Also look for almost any infected, dead, wounded or decaying roots, and remove them too to avoid distributing root rot. Plan to remove up to 1/3 of general root mass.

Eventually put the tree in the pot that is prepared and tie it with the anchorage wire, to be sure that it will not be rocked by wind in the coming weeks, when its roots are not yet fully regenerated. Fill the rest of the pot with fresh soil, ensuring there are no air pockets. Water the compost completely, to help it settle.

With the bonsai repotting operation complete, the tree will need about six weeks for regeneration. After that, its root system will undoubtedly be able to grow freely, growing more fine feeder roots in a denser rootball, than what might be achieved with unpruned roots. This will definitely translate into more essential nutrients feeding your plant that is precious, and in effect its improved health, vibrancy and your enjoyment of its own attractiveness.

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