Re-potting 2 Broom Style Zelkova Shohin

My 2 Zelkova Serrata shohin trees are generally the last of my deciduous bonsai to be re-potted. The first one has been in its Watanabe Ikou pot since I acquired it in 2013 and its been 2 years since the roots were last trimmed. The Ikou pot is quite small and shallow and doesn’t provide much room for development. This year I have decided to give the tree a rest and plant it in a much larger pot to restore its vigour and hopefully thicken up the trunk a little. The first picture shows how it looked after the last root pruning in 2015.

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The second picture shows how it looked when it was removed from its pot at the weekend, Plenty of long roots there.

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This is how it looks at the moment in the larger pot, not so pretty. It will stay in this pot for next 2 years while I continue to develop the tree and after that time it may be returned to a smaller pot if I am happy with its progress.

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The second tree has been in this Wallsal pot for 2 seasons. Both  trees were acquired at the same time but this one has spent its time in slightly deeper pots than the first one and has grown much stronger.

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I have repotted this one into the Ikou pot this year

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This is how the second tree looked 4 years ago

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Broom Style Kiyohime Maple

This broom style shohin kiyohime maple in a green pot by Heian Kosen is looking good at the moment. It was re-potted in the spring of last year just before a late cold spell, which set it back and caused the loss of a couple of branches. I’m pleased to say it’s recovering well and last years losses will not be noticed by the end of this season.

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