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have recently collected a few large hinoki order to develop them as bonsai. They appeared healthy and had good sized trunks, so I thought they’d justify the effort.

Before repotting

Hinoki cypress – Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Tempelhof’

The addition of new trees for my collection never seems overly complicated. I simply remove a few branches and replant trees. Beyond that, usually they require more water and fertilizer for the rest of the year.

Of course, this change – sometimes dramatically – a couple of years down the road. If I find I do not have time to give a tree the attention it deserves, I move along.

Trunk detail

trunk detail

Based on what I could see above the soil line, the tree seemed to have a good trunk. Find the rootbase, however, it provides more useful information. As the rootbase was great, I grabbed a large stick and went to work.

Giant chopstick

tool transplant Key – big stick

The rootbase, it started about 6 “below the soil line When I found it,. I noticed a line of significant graft. I followed the half naked root of the root ball, the tree is kept in my standard mix of akadama, pumice and lava.

Graft line

line graft

is likely that the lower trunk Chamaecyparis obtusa , the rest of the tree, ‘Tempelhof. “as the line of graft is amazing, I’m studying ways to improve the appearance of the lower trunk. I thought about burying him, creating a layer of air, or just live with it the way it is. I have no hinoki-layers of air, experience and have heard mixed stories about their viability, so I remain curious about this option. I do not think it could actually bury the nebari, which means you can end up living with this line.

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After repotting

After cutting and transplantation

I have a year to think about it. For now, I will focus on irrigation and fertilization of the tree, and delay the most dramatic decisions until next year.

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