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When transplanting bonsai conifer growing in nursery soil – usually soil with lots of organic material – try to remove all dirt a portion of the root ball. The amount of soil to remove old or bare root depends on the number of roots encounter and the overall health of the tree. In the case of cypress Tsukumo which I am working, I decided to bare root around a third of the age of the soil after reducing the rootball.
Sawara cypress – the whole floor has been removed from nearly a third of the root ball
After working on the sides of the root ball, which turned the tree on its side and worked at the bottom.
The bottom of the root ball
began by combing the roots with a small rake.
After combing the roots
cut me exposed roots, taking care not to place the scissors next to the root ball when short. By leaving maybe 1/8 “- 1/4” exposed roots, roots can nest themselves in the new soil. As bonsai soil drains much better than the nursery soil, new roots will have less trouble sending new growth.
After trimming the roots
At this point, the tree is ready for transplantation.
Ready for transplantation
followed me a similar procedure for the dwarf cypress sawara below. Here is the tree just before it was planted in a new pot.
sawara dwarf cypress ready for transplanting – Friday details
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