Spring is a wonderful time in the bonsai garden. However it can also be a very stressful time as there is so much which needs doing. Careful preparation will help to alleviate much of this stress. Read this blog post which has been written to help you plan for the rush which is to come.
This Chinese elm was purchased from a nursery, where it was originally imported from China. It was grown very quickly and displayed many faults. However the basic trunkline and structure was pleasing and over the course of 8 or so years it was remade. It was recently worked on by Francois Jeker, who gave it an extra nudge in the right direction. Read in this blog post about the process used to get it to what you see today.
Unlike deciduous trees, when we repot evergreens, or in this case an old Japanese Red Pine, we need to treat the roots with a little more respect. We cannot remove as much of the rootball neither can we wash the old soil off. In this post I will show you how to safely repot a pine tree using plenty of photos and accompanying descriptions.
As part of the 3 part blog series on repotting we will take a look at how the pot you select to plant your tree into influences the overall image and the reaction a viewer is likely to have toward it. By using a trident maple root over rock bonsai tree we place it in several different containers and comment about the effect it has. Familiarizing yourself to these considerations should help you the next time you need to match a tree with the ideal bonsai pot.