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Repotting bonsai for the first time, not without an element of excitement. When the transition is buried from the trunk to the roots, you can take some work to find out what the nebari, or root surface really look. And considering that the roots can be very important to the overall appearance and value of a tree, a lot may be at stake in what is below the ground.
The discovery of these surface roots is a good first step, not only because it satisfies our curiosity, but because it helps us measure the amount of remaining root ball has to be removed. Sometimes it is easier to remove dirt from the surface, but more often a lot of scraping and cutting is needed.
After having recently added two dwarf cypress sawara to my collection, I was eager to replant them. The sooner you get them on the floor of the bonsai, the sooner it will increase its force and the easier it is to keep them healthy. Fall in northern California is a good time to repot junipers and family members Chamaecyparis , so I had the opportunity last weekend to get a jump on the season transplant.
The first tree I worked a tsukumo cypress pisifera Chamaecyparis ‘Tsukumo. “No shallow roots were visible when I started, and after more than almost an hour of work, which was only revealed two -. Surface roots enough for now
large root ball – no shallow roots in sight
One hour later two surface roots appear
As you can see in the photo above, the floor was a tangle of small roots near the surface of the pot, which was slow work.
in contrast, the second tree I worked, a dwarf form of Sawara cypress Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Plumosa Compressa,’ proved less difficult. Although once again took almost an hour, I was able to find more roots . surface
dwarf Sawara cypress – Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Plumosa Compressa’
looking root surface
the trunk flare a little
shallow roots in the past!
After discovering the transition from the trunk to the roots I can now move on to the next stage – reducing the rootball. More on Friday.
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com