Repotting 2nd April 2016

I was not impressed with the results after cutting windows in the sides of this roots trees. I only found one decent root that had grown. a lot of finer roots had grown from between the roots which I left untouched.


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Losing trees #2, under-potting

Nebari Bonsai

It was a gamble trying to squeeze this shimpaku into a pot that was so much shallower than the previous two. However, it was a beautiful antique Chinese pot with a ton of patina. Were it 3/4″ shallower, it would be a perfect fit.

March 4, After:

Showing signs of stress 8 weeks later:


Notice how interior and weaker areas are yellow? What’s worse, is that the tree simply stalled out and wasn’t growing.
Time to intervene; I don’t want this to end with a loss. A deeper pot was prepared, and the shimpaku was slip-potted on May 1:



The soil used was 1:1 pumice and akadama.
Now, 6 weeks later in mid-June, the yellowing has ceased and new growth is beginning to appear:


While I didn’t lose the tree, I definitely lost the year for advancing the refinement.

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