Hinoki Cypress Repot

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I have this Hinoki Cypress that's been in a nursery can for who knows how long. I've not repotted Hinoki before, but my research indicates one should wait until the color returns in spring. Mine goes very deep purple in the winter and in the last few weeks it has slowly greened up. Looks to me to have returned to it's normal color mostly - so is now the time to Repot? I know this tends to be a tree to Repot later in the spring, but spring is happening full on here in TN. All of my trees are almost fully leafed out.

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Well i think you can repot it. Do you work on roots as well or just change the soil?
 
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Well i think you can repot it. Do you work on roots as well or just change the soil?
Soil and roots this time around most likely. Not sure how long it's been in this nursery can, and they might be a mess once I get in there.
 

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You'll have to remove the guy wires 😄
I'm holding off on mine yet, but it too is starting to colour back up.
I wired it last Fall, and it took on a terrible Winter colour this year
and mostly on one side, so here, I'm waiting for extension as some of my junipers are now.
Almost repotted one of my Sekka hinoki, but glad I waited. Still mid 30's here and frost this week
despite the warm spells. Should be a prolonged Spring this year here 😎

Your hinoki looks healthy. What type of pot are you shooting for 1st go 'round?
 
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You'll have to remove the guy wires 😄
I'm holding off on mine yet, but it too is starting to colour back up.
I wired it last Fall, and it took on a terrible Winter colour this year
and mostly on one side, so here, I'm waiting for extension as some of my junipers are now.
Almost repotted one of my Sekka hinoki, but glad I waited. Still mid 30's here and frost this week
despite the warm spells. Should be a prolonged Spring this year here 😎

Your hinoki looks healthy. What type of pot are you shooting for 1st go 'round?
Im still very much developing it, will put it in a grow out pot and continue working the foliage.
 

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That's a very nice Hinoki! I have a couple that I'm holding off on repotting still, even though they're showing good color as the days are warming. We're still freezing on the clear nights though and I know it's not unusual for our weather to double back on you and throw a week of freezing and snowy bluster. Hoping by mid to late April I'll feel better doing the Hinokis. I'm working through my junies and cypress now.
 

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I have a couple in pots right now that I repotted this time last year. On my big one I took off about 40% of the lower portion of roots and then cut thin pie shaped wedges out of the remainder. Mine was just a big fibrous mass of roots so doing a traditional HBR seemed of out of the question—I doubt I could have untangled that mass. I have also read that some drill holes down through the root mass and fill with bonsai soil to get more nutrients and water down there. They both responded well and I plan to move the big one out of its cement mixing tub and into a training pot this week. That should give me a chance to see how the roots responded in the last year. At the very least I can attempt another modified HBR and replace more of the fibrous mass with bonsai soil.
 

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Im still very much developing it, will put it in a grow out pot and continue working the foliage.
I'd go ahead and pull out all the brown dead stuff, and remove a bit of shaded undergrowth
while the roots are firm in the old soil if you haven't already potted her up.
If you have potted it up, leave it be.
 

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How many out there is bonsailand saw off the bottom half, or third, or quarter, or two-thirds, or whatever?
 

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How many out there is bonsailand saw off the bottom half, or third, or quarter, or two-thirds, or whatever?
Sort of..."Fractional amount" depends on a couple things, but this is how I approach root balls that have not been maintained,
with a steak knife and laterally, then I rake the soil out from the centre, and begin adjusting the fractional amount with
root sheers and concave cutters and a root hook until I am comfortable with the amount. The post Summer Solstice folks
might push a little outside of a normal comfort zone, further on such trees and other species, but then again,
it depends on different circumstances with each individual potting task, but I never, start with 30% and end having removed 30%.
I guess I don't put a lot of emphasis on a percentage.
 
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Went ahead and repotted this morning. I'll have to bring it in Thursday and Friday night, but not too worried about the weather. The roots looked good, lots of white tips all over. Nothing big and circling, lots of feeders. I left a good sized root ball and cut the two big roots I found and teased out the rest a bit. Potted it in another tie pot I had laying around, which will supposedly air prune the roots - who knows. It's in my regular bonsai mix with extra organics.

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I tore into mine yesterday too. I had put it into a large cat littler box last spring when I first chopped the roots. The roots had spread out into the bonsai soil and pretty mich filled the “pot”. I managed to remove some more roots from the bottom, combed out the roots and fit it into a large ceramic pot Almost as big as the litter box. The tree still sits a bit higher than I eventually want it to so in subsequent years I will continue to remove more from the bottom of the rootball. I‘ll post some photos tomorrow once it is light enough.
 

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How many out there is bonsailand saw off the bottom half, or third, or quarter, or two-thirds, or whatever?
I do it's better than teasing out the soil and roots which stresses out the tree.
 

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Went ahead and repotted this morning. I'll have to bring it in Thursday and Friday night, but not too worried about the weather. The roots looked good, lots of white tips all over. Nothing big and circling, lots of feeders. I left a good sized root ball and cut the two big roots I found and teased out the rest a bit. Potted it in another tie pot I had laying around, which will supposedly air prune the roots - who knows. It's in my regular bonsai mix with extra organics.

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Too funny. Got a few tie pots this spring and got a rough (but, a gift from my parents who didn’t know what kind of material to look for) hinoki repotted and pruned a bit last night.

Nice looking Hinoki! Mine has a long way to go.
 

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