Sunday, March 11, 2007

Repotting of the big maple part 2

A few threads down I have shown how I had planned to turn the maple 1.5 hours counter clockwise to improve the overall appearance. And nwo we will do exactly this.
The tree is heavy, even after it has lost about 50 % of the rootball.









8 comments:

Tomáš said...

Yes, Walter. Turning it a bit was good choice.

Austin Bonsai said...

Walter,
Do you rinse your roots when repotting? I was told to rinse my trees roots of all soil/substrate when repotting.
-Austin

Walter Pall said...

I almost nevwr rinse roots.

Austin Bonsai said...

What If it is a tree that I had recently dug (yamadori) and it has native soil? Should I be sure to get rid of it before I put my tree in a pot (following exactly as you've described in your post about substrates/feeding/watering). Should I take off all native soil or potting mix before I do your process? I have a tree that I had left quite a bit of potting mix on the roots but I put it in Turface and Pine bark- is this safe to feed every two weeks or 10 days as you do?

Walter Pall said...

This is too complex a subject to discuss here. Anyway, rinsing is NOT the answer, certainly not on any conifers.

Austin Bonsai said...

Well what do you do when you collect yamadori? Do you just put it in a pot with the roots cut back but with native soil still on it? I understand I am asking quite a bit of questions and I thank you for taking the time to reply. If it would be easier, do you have an article already about this? I really must learn.

Walter Pall said...

This is not a discussion forum. Go to a forum if you have this sort of questions.

200xth said...

In case you want to see any updates on the tree(s) above since this blog entry, here are the links to each tree(s):

1) Japanese Maple #1

(Still the best bonsai tree in the world, IMO)