1. th3ronin

    Punica granatum nana (Pomegranate) repot time

    I have this punica granatum nana, I wanted to repot, from what I noticed researching the best time is the end of winter, early spring, when the tree is sprouting. However, it's still two months before winter's over but it looks like it's already sprouting. When should I perform the repot, now or...
  2. Apex37

    Species that Respond Well to Styling and Repotting

    So I’m getting prepared early planning out my spring repots, soil, supplies I need to buy, etc. It got me thinking more about trees that respond well to pruning/styling and repotting the same time. This works better for some species than others, but I’d love to hear peoples experiences with...
  3. S

    Should I repot?

    6 days ago I was at Lowe's to get some potting soil and couldn't resist the price of their "bonsai" trees. I got a fukien tea. I know everyone hates them but I couldn't resist for only $20 and I previously had one for 1 year that did well until I moved. I live sort of close to Houston, TX, zone...
  4. M

    Pre-Bonsai Starters - Move to larger pot or leave alone?

    Hey all, I am new to bonsai and am thinking about grabbing a few pre-bonsai trees, namely trident maple, black pine, to get comfortable with watering and feeding them properly. I read that it is not a good idea to repot trees in the summer but was wonder if just simply moving them to a larger...
  5. Bad_Bonsai

    Regarding mid summer (emergency) repot.

    Hello, I've a problem with this spruce tree pictured herein, this photo is from a few weeks ago for a series I'm doing—I don't have any good brighter ones at the moment, apologies. What's pertinent here is the soil, today I cleaned up the base a bit—sap, gunk, moss, etc. I noticed that water...
  6. S

    Portulacaria Afra check in (help!)

    Hello my fellow enthusiasts, I posted about this tree a little while ago and could use some advice. I repotted my little portulacaria afra on June 18th (totally dry, as per Adam’s advice), into my homemade mix of lava, pumice, turface, coconut husk and some granite. I then waited a full 10...
  7. blainsai

    Back to nursery pot 4 more size. Help

    Wife got me my 2nd tree from the same old lady and her van on a St. corner. It’s a healthy little tree but I want more tree. Can I just use a cheap black plastic pot that all my other gardening plants come in. Like a 1 gallon? Or do I need something fancy like I see on Also...
  8. B


    I’ve never had an issue with this Brazilian Raintree I’ve had it for about a year and just recently I have started to water with a pan underneath it which was not allowing the water to drain completely for up to a day at a time then the tree started to not open sleeps all the way in the daytime...
  9. M

    Collected Buttonwood from Florida

    Hi all! Just wanted to send some pics of a buttonwood I found. Styling suggestions/virts always welcome! The tree is budding everywhere, I’m really excited to see where it goes.
  10. M

    STUMPED about branch placement.

    Hi all. I’m stumped about how to choose which branches to keep on this chinese elm tree (and really any tree in general). How do you choose which branches to keep vs cut off? How do I choose a 1st vs 2nd vs back branch and so on?? I’ve read that there are some guidelines to follow with...
  11. Lawrencek

    Does this look like a good/decent soil to you?

    We looked for pre mixed soils on eBay and Amazon was actually pretty hard I'm in the UK probably easier in the US; eventually we found this seller with a really good reputation called 'Ash Bonsai'. And bought a repotting kit for a bargain price.what I wanted to ask is does this look like a good...
  12. Lawrencek

    Repotting Chinese elm for first time, advice needed.

    Hello all, someone might recognize me about a year ago I bought my friend a Chinese elm bonsai and I posted a thread on this website about if everything looked ok because the trunk had a odd bend to it (advertised as broom style) and the soil looked dislodged. I got some good feedback on here...
  13. S

    Giant Sequoia - Repot/Care/Advice

    Hey There, Looking for a little advice w/ this Giant Sequoia I've had since November 2021. Couple of questions: Prior to re-potting (tree was in compost/soil from Coastal Maine Bar Harbor Blend, this soil would not dry out for weeks at a time if not entire months after watering), during the...
  14. Koenye

    Will this beauty survive !?

    Hi all, This weekend, again I had the chance to dig out this amazing tree. Unfortunately while lifting the tree out of the ground, a lot of The roots just fell off. I made it wet and placed it in a big training pot with akadama, some vulcastrat and moss. for now it just has to rest for at...
  15. Apex37

    Nursery Mugo #1

    Got this mugo pine back last year around summer time at Lowe's. Earlier this year I was really considering if I even wanted to spend my time trying to bonsai this guy, but figured what the hell, gives me a chance to have more experience with pines. Did my first repot with it today. Mostly went...
  16. Apex37

    Repot Suggestions For Young JM

    Got a couple JM's the other day I'm thinking about repotting. The 2gal is 'Koto Hime' I'm trying to decide to Ebihara into a 12"x15"x3" pot or putting him into a pond basket. I love how small the foliage is and the natural flare they begin to start with at such a young age. I was thinking of...
  17. BonjourBonsai

    The Real March Madness

    March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb so they say. Well the lion is making me shuffle my newly repotted trees back in because of the late season cold snap. Share some photos of your March Madness.
  18. Apex37

    Question on Ebihara Technique w/ Younger Trees

    So I have mostly younger tress around 1" in trunk size. The few I was thinking of trying the Ebihara technique on, but I was wondering if it may be better to wait till they are larger in trunk size or if that matters? My main concern was I know most videos and the threads on here recommend...
  19. M

    Yamadori Chinese Elm

    Dug up this chinese elm from the woods in Central Florida today. Here’s the plan with it: What do y’all think?
  20. micahmcgrath

    An Odd One - Progress Thread

    Thought I'd share an unusual, semi-recent addition to my collection. Below is a "cutleaf" sort of a US native buckthorn *almost* as purchased. Repotted on March, 7 2021. Fairly large root reduction: Grew well through summer: After leaf drop. Love those colorful buds! Wired up later that day...
  21. Graeshadowe

    Chinensis Backfire:

    I have a chinensis that I tried to slip pot to expose the nebari last spring. Well, instead of exposing the nebari, it seems the roots go much higher than normal. How can I get rid of these finer roots that go so high up? I plan to repot in a couple of months, and not quite sure how I should...
  22. D

    Newbie, Japanese red maple repot 🍁

    This is my first maple repot from nursery pot to bonsai pot with pruning on top and bottom. Any suggestions or recommendations of care after repotting? Couple of them I learned and following, 1. Do not over water 2. Do not add fertilizer at least for a month 3. Avoid direct sunlight for at...
  23. Apex37

    What Particle Size Substrate Do You Use?

    It's getting closer to that repotting time and I think a big issue I had in my first year was not filtering out and going with set particle sizes for my substrate mixes. I learned this to be a big noob mistake as all the smaller particle substrate moves to the bottom as you water and you end up...
  24. Apex37

    Experience with Pruning Burning Bush

    Just curious other's experiences with this species. I have one I got from HD some time back that I'm planning on repotting and doing some pruning once spring starts up (usually here it's best the last week of Feb or first 2 weeks of March). Interested to hear about how well they back bud and...
  25. M

    Acer Rubrum Fertilizing/Potting Mix??

    Does anyone have any advice on fertilizing a red maple/swamp maple yamadori bonsai? Like what type of fertilizer to use and how often to use it? Brand names are very helpful. The tree is most likely 25-30 years old. Also what soil mixture would you guys recommend? I’m seeing various...
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