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The reduction of the root ball

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When transplanting a bonsai, for the first time, start by finding the transition from the trunk to the roots. After finding this transition, then I can determine the amount of remaining root ball to keep. The options include reducing the root ball carefully combing the roots and reducing its length or simply cut, soil and everything. As the Sawara cypress below had a lot of roots, I opted for the latter approach.

Sawing the rootball in half

Reduce the root ball with a knife lawn

I was lucky not to find when short and after a minute or two Part no large root bottom of the root ball gently disappeared.

After sawing the rootball

After reducing the rootball

From this point, you can begin to remove the old dirt to make room for bonsai soil. The amount of soil to remove? More on this next week.

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The reduction of the root ball

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