Can I repot my Chinese Elm now?

Fonz

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I have one of those typical S-shaped mallsai chinese elms. This was actually the first tree that I bought when I started this bonsai stuff 8 months ago. Got some better trees now :)
But anyway, since this will be my first bonsai spring I was planning on doing my first repot in spring on this mallsai elm just for practice. The thing is, it's already starting to break buds, should I repot it now or should I wait until winter is over, we don't really have a winter this year but february can still be a bitch...

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You could do it now if you wanted, maybe let it grow a couple weeks.

It's up to you.
 

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Much like yours, I repotted mine 2 days ago.. But what to do with a mallsai elm..

I've gone for a much bigger, colander style container and will let it run this year untill autumn. Beefing it up is the plan, and hopfuly that will chill out the S shape. We'll see.
 

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Much like yours, I repotted mine 2 days ago.. But what to do with a mallsai elm..

I've gone for a much bigger, colander style container and will let it run this year untill autumn. Beefing it up is the plan, and hopfuly that will chill out the S shape. We'll see.
That's my plan also. Repotted it in a bigger container last week.
 

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Same here. The unusually mild weather caused my mallsai s-shaped elm to break buds. I can't be bothered to air layer it so I cut it just above the first branch, wired the branch upward to become the new leader, cut the vertical roots, screwed it on a square piece of plywood and planted it in a large pot with pumice/peat to let it run free for a few years. After cleaning off all the mud and tangled roots I found a pretty decent nebari for the EUR 15 I paid for it.

The upper part was planted in pure perlite with some rooting hormone and placed on a heat mat inside a portable greenhouse to maintain high humidity. Maybe it will root, who knows..

I also planted a larger root cutting. I think this has a better chance of survival.
 
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