Juniper Rigida Shohin Re-Pot

I have finally got round to re-potting my Juniper Rigida shohin. It has been in this unsuitable semi-cascade pot since I acquired it last year.

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Those of you who follow my blog on a regular basis will know that I have been concerned about the health of this tree since I bought it. A significant part of the dead wood was rotten and the new shoots that emerged over last summer were very yellow and never really hardened off to a healthy green colour despite the application of copious amounts of balanced fertiliser. The rot, which suggested neglect of the tree in the years before I acquired it, has been removed and the remaining dead wood treated with a wood hardener. The yellow shoots are still a bit of a mystery at the moment but I suspect that it may be the result of a mineral deficiency in the soil, possibly a lack of magnesium. Time will tell.

I had some difficulty removing the tree from the old pot, which suggested that it hadn’t been re-potted in a long time. The top layer of soil was very decomposed and wet and contained no live roots. The lower half was slightly better and contained all of the live root.

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Here it is today re-potted in fresh soil, which will let the roots breath, in a new pot by Ikkou Watanabe. I haven’t decided which side will form the viewing front of the tree, both have good potential, I think. I have covered the soil in sphagnum moss to help mitigate the stresses of the re-pot.

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2 thoughts on “Juniper Rigida Shohin Re-Pot

  1. Thanks Piotr, I can’t make up my mind, which side I prefer at the moment, both have good potential, I think. I might try to style it so that both sides can be used as the front.

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