Spring Watering Tip-

Michael Hagedorn

There are a lot of things we might say about watering bonsai. I’ve tried a few times on this blog to mention some of them. Some are hard to make sense of in words, but as ever I’m willing to try. This one is about watering recently repotted trees.

At post-repotting time we need to be awake to one change-up, and that is that the interior soil mass (the part that was returned to the pot) may dry out much faster than you’d think.

  • If that interior area is full of fine roots, it will dry out fast after repotting.

DSC_1145 This pine is beginning to develop a solid mass of soil and roots, and this is the area that we’ll take our moisture ‘read’ from when deciding when to water. When dry, it will look very light colored compared to the surrounding new soil.

If you cut all the fine…

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Black Pine 25

 

In April 2015

This Seedling has been planted in a smaller 1 litre water bottle that has normal bonsai soil in it so that the roots could grow longer for use as root over rock and or for use as a water funnel experiment:

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Black Pine 24

 

In April 2015

This Seedling has been planted in a smaller 1 litre water bottle that has normal bonsai soil in it so that the roots could grow longer for use as root over rock and or for use as a water funnel experiment:

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Black Pine 23

 

In April 2015

This Seedling has been planted in a smaller 1 litre water bottle that has normal bonsai soil in it so that the roots could grow longer for use as root over rock and or for use as a water funnel experiment:

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Black Pine 22

 

In April 2015

This Seedling has been planted in a 2 litre water bottle with large river\pebble rocks for the roots to grow down through into the pond basket below, there is a little bit of bonsai soil and spagnum moss at the top to keep the moisture in while the tree establishes itself.

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Black Pine 21

 

In April 2015

This Seedling has been planted in a 2 litre water bottle with large river\pebble rocks for the roots to grow down through into the pond basket below, there is a little bit of bonsai soil and spagnum moss at the top to keep the moisture in while the tree establishes itself.

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Black Pine 20

 

In April 2015

This Seedling has been planted into a pond basket. I combed out the roots a lot more with this batch than I did on my 2014 batch of seedlings hoping for a better roots spread with these.

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Black Pine 19

 

In April 2015

This Seedling has been planted into a pond basket. I combed out the roots a lot more with this batch than I did on my 2014 batch of seedlings hoping for a better roots spread with these.

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Black Pine 18

 

In April 2015

This Seedling has been planted in a 2 litre water bottle with large river\pebble rocks for the roots to grow down through into the pond basket below, there is a little bit of bonsai soil and spagnum moss at the top to keep the moisture in while the tree establishes itself.

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Black Pine 17

 

In April 2015

This Seedling has been planted in a 2 litre water bottle with large river\pebble rocks for the roots to grow down through into the pond basket below, there is a little bit of bonsai soil and spagnum moss at the top to keep the moisture in while the tree establishes itself.

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