repotting

  1. R

    Looking for information...

    Hi, this Japanese Black Pine was yellow when I received it. I expected it to die but over the past 3 months it greened up and actually grew a half inch. I have it in a tiny terra cotta pot I had lying around. The roots are starting to come out the bottom. I want to turn it into a bonsai. But...
  2. B

    Elm bonsai potting

    I recently purchased an elm bonsai. It came in a plastic pot with what seems to be regular soil. Should I replace the soil or wait till spring? An image of the soil is attached
  3. canoeguide

    3 humble beginnings for $5

    I found these 3 portulacaria in a single pot for $5 at Home Depot. I picked the pot that had the thickest trunks. It may not be the best time of year (going into winter) but after a couple of weeks, I got the itch to separate them and repot. These can stay outside in indirect light for a...
  4. R

    Ficus loosing its leaves

    I picked up this bonsai in May and it’s been doing good in my house but recently (last two weeks) it’s been dropping a lot of leaves and the branches are dry and brittle, there is some new growth and even some fruiting. The soil drys out quickly so I’m worried it’s root-bound. I’m in south...
  5. A

    Help with repotting

    Hey Guys! I got my bonsai about 6 months ago and yesterday it’s pot broke, recently the soil has started to come away from the edges and I was told that I needed to soak it for 5 minutes and then drain. It looks like it possibly needs repotting, I have ordered a slightly bigger pot for it but...
  6. sixemkay

    Southern Catalpa Experiment

    Catalpa trees sprout up everywhere in my neighborhood, to the point that I consider them invasive. They have an interesting trunk texture, nice wide canopy, and seem indestructible... so I thought "why not dig one up and see what it can do?" To start with, I dug it up after it had leafed out...
  7. Afasnacht83

    Changing pots? (Portulacaria afra)

    Hi! I’ve just gotten a new cutting from a few months ago and I’m looking to let it grow out for a while so i can maybe (hopefully) begin the process of turning it into a bonsai. This is my first plant ever so I’m very very new to the game. I have him in a bit of a small pot right now, but it’s...
  8. sixemkay

    California Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens Soquel) question re: potting up

    Hello Nuts, I just purchased a 3 foot redwood sapling (1-gallon) from my local nursery with the intention of training it into bonsai eventually (after 3-5 years of uninhibited growth). The plan was to just water and feed until dormancy, then pot-up. But I checked the roots today and this poor...
  9. S

    Help this Bonsai amateur!!

    Hello everyone! I got a bonsai tree as a gift couple of months ago and since then I haven't done much besides watering it, and even that I'm not sure if I'm doing right, since the lady at the shop told my cousin that you should pour some water into the container in which the pot is placed and...
  10. bobsai

    Seedlings in my 14yo bonsai's pot - repotting advice?

    I have these two growths that have been growing about a month, and a month and a half. I want to definitely repot the corner growth, as it seems like it will be easy to extract the roots in tact from the corner. The taller (but bent, I poked too hard!) growth is right next to the trunk of the...
  11. ConorDash

    Frequency of repotting

    Hey, This started as a message to Bobby but sounded like a good discussion point. As I don’t tend to make any discussion topics, I thought I’d go for it (live dangerously!). Reading through Harry Harrington’s first book, one of the bits of advice is to repot every 1 or 2 years. Now, I’m not...
  12. B

    Bonsai Dying.. Help!

    She is a pink pixie bonsai tree that is only 2 years old. She has not blossomed yet, but has been very healthy and full until last week. She has always been an indoor tree, but sits near windows. We moved at the end of July and she took to the move well. I prune her about every month. About 2...
  13. L

    Chinese Elm. Leaves yellowing. Repotting in Summer?

    Hello! I'm very new to all of this; I received my Chinese Elm as a gift at the start of April, and since then the bonsai has been looking just fine.... until a few weeks ago. Some of the leaves began yellowing, and others have turned black/dark brown around the edges, before falling off...
  14. W

    Having your roots done..

    You go to a hair dresser to have others fix that dead beaver on your cranium. You use a lawnmower to mow a lawn. Leaving things to the professional(s) equipment is always best. Pause. I wanted to get a mail-order brid.. ehrm.. Japanese black pine into bonsai soil and out of the potting soil. It...
  15. Cosmos

    Collected red spruce (picea rubens) - repotting question

    I collected this small tree last October in Nova Scotia, under a power line. As you can guess from the first picture, collection was quite easy as the tree was growing precariously in clay-like sandy soil. I only had to cut about 3-4 longer roots to dislodge it, so I got almost a perfectly...
  16. Gsquared

    When to repot in Southern Washington/Northern Oregon?

    I am a recent transplant to the Portland area, and this being my first "real" winter since starting bonsai 20-something years ago. I had lived in San Francisco (where winter often came in July and August) and San Diego (where we never had winter at all), so repotting season started in late Jan...
  17. markyscott

    Can a ficus get root rot?

    Yes. What it takes is a shallow pot, heavy soil allowed to remain for too long and overwatering. I purchased this one with hopes to resuscitate. It’s clearly in decline, having dropped most of its leaves since mid-summer. Scott
  18. S

    When to repot

    I did repot a few trees last spring (my first spring doing bonsai) and I think I may have messed up timing since those trees recovered, but not very well. For repotting trees this year, I would like to know when the ideal time is. Should it be after last frost to avoid killing new roots or when...
  19. Josiana

    Repotting a mallsai juniperus communis

    Hello, I have a ginseng ficus, but am still quite new to bonsai (and this forum). Just yesterday I purchased a juniperus communis from a nursery. It has a very strange pot situation going on, it is in a very tall temporary pot, with the roots buried towards the bottom, and the remainder of the...
  20. BeebsBonsai

    Tile Method- Repotting of Trident

    Hello fellow Nuts, I have a very young Trident Maple that @Eric Group sold me. I will be repotting it next year into a pond basket or other similar growing container. In addition to a full repot, I would like to employ the tile method. Does anybody have any hands-on tips that they can...
  21. MaxTheSpy

    Rhod Pemakoense slimy

    Hey, everyone, I'm a little worried about my little bonsai, I took it to the local plant nursery and talked to the bonsai guy there and had him help me prune it so it wouldn't die and to get his idea on a few things. After that I put it back in the pot with some more potting soil, to give it...
  22. aframe

    Repotting 3-4 year old Japanese Black Pines

    A short article for those looking into the repotting of JBP: Throughout the year there will be updates with relevant content about repotting, bare-rooting (seedlings), removing compacted soil, root pruning and timing specific technique aimed at helping people who are new to JBP. You may find...
  23. N

    Some Ficus Shohin Repottings

    My Tiger Barks are waking up early this year, so I'm starting to the repot. The first one, I call the Peanut Butter Ficus (it'll make sense momentarily). It was purchased at a regular nursery and was growing next to a schefflera in the same pot. I found that it had large tuber roots under the...
  24. markyscott

    Kotohime shohin clump

    Here's a cutting grown kotohime clump that needs repotting. Soil mass is solid and roots are growing through the drainage holes. Surface is full of weeds. I'll go through it all, just how I was taught. This is the perfect time to repot Japanese maple. See how the buds are beginning to...
  25. JoeyBon

    Chinese Elm need help!

    This is my first post, first bonsai. I have a ~5 year old Chinese Elm from Eastern Leaf. When I bought it last Spring, I almost immediately repotted from nursery soil to a 100% inorganic akadama/lava mix. The tree did very well last summer and only lost about half of its foliage into the winter...
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