Japanese Maple Grove

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I repotted this Japanese Maple grove today

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It's been in this basket for a year or two. These trees were all potted together in a 12" bulb pan when I bought them three or four years ago, and I separated, repotted, and planted them in their current configuration. I knew I wanted to get these repotted this year and figured I still had a month or so to get to it, but when I was watering this morning I saw one of the trees had already burst buds so I wanted to get to it ASAP.

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Got the trees out of the pot, roots held the soil in a pretty neat brick. Here's the unpotted rootball sitting on top of the pot I'm going to put the trees in

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And the 'finished' product

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It wouldn't be a SilverShoe repot unless I borked the planting angle at least a little bit, and this one holds true to that. The right side of the planting is a little congested, I think the whole thing needs to be rotated counterclockwise just a little bit, which should open it up nicely. I'll take care of that at the next repot (next year?), and maybe add a tree or three at the same time to make it an odd-numbered composition.
 

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