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I picked up a couple of small junipers already in glazed pots. They both had large decorative rocks in the pot with them. When I got them home, I moved one of the rocks and the tree moved with it. When I had finally forced the rock from the pot, I found that the tree had soil for perhaps a third of its roots; the rest was taken up by the rock that it was leaned against. I repotted it into a larger plastic pot, gently cleaned and trimmed the roots, and put it into the pot with good soil in it. The second one was similar. I don't really expect them to make it, but I tried.
 

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Gentle transplant without much root pruning should not be a problem even in summer. Smaller plants transplant much better than older ones. Junipers transplant quite happily later in spring, even if they are actively growing. I understand that other growers do major transplants in late summer.
I would fully expect both your little trees to live and even thrive now.
 

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I don't understand the root trimming when it's being transplanted to a bigger pot.
In emergency repots, I keep everything intact. The goal is to save the plant, not risk the health even more. Otherwise, it's not that much of an emergency.
 
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Gentle transplant without much root pruning should not be a problem even in summer. Smaller plants transplant much better than older ones. Junipers transplant quite happily later in spring, even if they are actively growing. I understand that other growers do major transplants in late summer.
I would fully expect both your little trees to live and even thrive now.
That's good to hear. Thanks for the encouragement.
 
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I don't understand the root trimming when it's being transplanted to a bigger pot.
In emergency repots, I keep everything intact. The goal is to save the plant, not risk the health even more. Otherwise, it's not that much of an emergency.
I don't really know much about what I'm doing here, just doing what the situation seemed to call for. I was gentle in trimming the roots a bit, but then maybe I should have left the alone.
 

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I don't really know much about what I'm doing here, just doing what the situation seemed to call for. I was gentle in trimming the roots a bit, but then maybe I should have left the alone.
No worries man! I just like thinking about motives and argumentation.
One aspect of bonsai is patience and I don't have any myself - No really, I don't. So I try to justify my actions and try to come up with good excuses.
But sometimes, I just can't.. Those are the moments I should just sit back and relax. Which to me is the hardest part of the hobby.

I see it as a good exercise to ask others the same questions I asked myself and questions people asked me in the past. Maybe you can come up with better arguments than I could.

Welcome to the hobby!
 

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