Oh trust me. I'm not happy about bare rooting but I'll make it live... the nursery soil had grubs so I had to react fast.Bare rooting conifers!
That's my kinda confidence!
.....in a colander no-less!
I hope it works out well for you my friend....its a cool little tree for sure.
I agree. Looking back I should of half bare rooted and then fully soaked/dunked the other half that was infested with grubs in diluted insecticide for an hour.I think the root work was just too much for it. Hope I am wrong but I think its a goner.
Bare rooting a hemlock doesn't sit well with me.
That's a good idea. Nothing to lose at this point.You could add a shallow pan of water below the colander under the tub.
Combination of root work and colander at same time is tricky!
Colanders dry out very quickly on a bench.
Your soil combination is fairly dry as well.
The tray of water below will keep colander damp and provide humidity under the dome.
Do not hesitate to uncover and spray the tree whenever possible. Hemlock respond well to showers
If you are making notes I would suggest hemlock repotting earlier next time, prior to the new foliage opening. This would reduce the water requirement immediately after repotting and be safer for the plant. When adapting a root ball from nursery to bonsai form with fine feeder roots the process is usually slower than 1/2 HBR even.That's a good idea. Nothing to lose at this point.
Not at all! Thanks for the aditional advice.If you are making notes I would suggest hemlock repotting earlier next time, prior to the new foliage opening. This would reduce the water requirement immediately after repotting and be safer for the plant. When adapting a root ball from nursery to bonsai form with fine feeder roots the process is usually slower than 1/2 HBR even.
Once hemlock are established with fine feeder roots it is much safer to be aggressive with repots. Basically I treat nursery acquired stock similar to yamadori initially. The key observation that it is safe to be more aggressive with repotting is when the surface area of the container is populated with fine roots that require trimming. If cut back of the roots is required to obtain finer roots then the usual approach is to visualize the root ball divided in six such as a pie and do two at a time to change out soil and promote finer roots.
The drench works well dealing with grubs or insects in the soil.
just some additional information, hope you don't mind.
It depends on the condition of the root ball. Hemlock are very dependant on the finer fibrous roots typically near the surface.@River's Edge in thinking more on what you've said about dividing the root ball and only doing 1/3 at a time. Would cutting off the bottom half of the root ball to get into a training pot be one whole repot season on it's own? Or is it safe to remove said bottom half and still perform the 1/3 bare root?
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