Lance, going cheap on pots, I've just started using a glass cutting bit (1/2" pipe with fused diamonds to bottom edge. Tried star rotohammer bit in drill press and arrowhead shaped tungsten carbide tile bit, this ceramic laughed at them. ) to bore weep holes in super hard baked fine ceramic oval shaped 7"x14" shallow serving platter, (to hold raft bonsai). Salvaging un-holy ceramic bases, (soap dishes for really small, round bowls for medium, and serving "platters" for largest) at thrift stores, the dollar store, Walmart, kitchen supply stores, etc, then boring. After boring four holes in the platter, can't see any sign of wear on bit. Had water in dish for cooling and taped each hole with foil tape to hold water for next. Serving platter will hold quite a forest.No. With maples I usually layer a bunch of sphagnum over the top of fresh soil then top with Akadama. I site almost everything I have in full sun so it helps to keep the roots a bit cooler. The mix used for this repot included some Turface, pine bark, a little gravel and I might have used some lava. I can't remember!!
Transitioning to a less organic mix was my plan, but the watering demands are getting out of hand!!
Back to the drawing board as this one needs a repot next spring.
I'm gonna need a bigger boat for this, deeper too......could end up costing me a fortune!!!
I think I'll ask hometeam about a commissioned piece!!!
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Soon to be time for clippy-clippy.....Lost another trunk this year. Always grows well, 100 degrees on Memorial Day non-withstanding. I'm suspicious it might have some issues.
Weather here was great for humans....mid-upper 90's super low humidity and breezy. Lot's of Maples not happy. I did, however, clock MAJOR poolside time!!
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