Re-Potting some Shohin Hawthorns

With the recent warmer weather, the buds on some of my hawthorns are beginning to swell which is a sure indicator that it’s time to re-pot those that were missed last year.

The first is an air layer that was severed from the parent tree 2 seasons ago. At the time, it didn’t have many roots so it was planted deep in a clay training pot to strengthen it up. The first picture is a reminder of how the roots looked before planting in the clay pot.

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With the tree out of the pot, you can see that there are a lot more roots now and the tree is ready to be placed in its’ first bonsai pot.

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I have chosen a nice cream oval by Walsall Ceramics for this one. I love the quality of this range of pots; plenty of holes for drainage and the securing wires.

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I’ve used a 50/50 mix of pumice and akadama to pot these trees. The nebari on this one is buried in the soil  for now to make the tree more stable on the pot. It will be raised above the soil when the roots have developed further. This is how it looks at the moment.

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This is how it looked in 2012

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I am developing this second tree from a contorted root. It hasn’t put on much new growth in the past 12 month and I suspect it is because the tree has become pot bound.

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With the tree out of the pot and the roots trimmed ready for re-planting.

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This new pot by Eimei is a little larger than the previous one so I should see a lot more growth on this tree in the coming year

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This is how the second tree looked in 2012

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Some Pots by Walsall Ceramics

At this time of year, I’m thinking about and trying to acquire the pots I will need when the re-potting season begins in the Spring. I have a number of larch trees in development that will need to be re-potted as soon as the season will permit. When I think about larch bonsai, I think about Walsall Ceramic pots. The shapes and earth tone glazes of their pots, complement this species perfectly.

Here are some I’ve acquired recently.

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And here are some of the trees that will be going into them

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This tree was planted in a similar Walsall pot, 3 years ago

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