What steps to take???

the3rdon

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So I recieved a very expensive piece of bonsai stock today via UPS from a well known source.. The pot was shattered, roots exposed, and branches broken... This is a Trident Maple with a 4 inch trunk!! Who is to blame and what steps to take.. I called UPS and they will have somebody here tomorrow.. I don't wanna slip pot it until the necessary steps are taken..

Thank's Don
 

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Why not contact the seller and see what he/she would recommend?
 

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Don, document everything! Take pic's, email exchange, phone calls, everything.
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Sent emails and pics and am now waiting for a response.. Unfortunately I do not have and was told he doesn't have a phone as he is in kind of a remote place..
 

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This is why I always have the tree shipped without the pot wrapped in sphagnum and plastic.
 

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OK.. It is fully leafed out.. I slip potted it and got bonsai soil in every crack and crevice.. Watered, fed, then watered again.. What can I do to assure this tree has a chance to live? Or I'm out $$$

Don
 

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Don, the situation probably isn't as grim as you fear. The good news is, at least it was in an enclosed space. That should have kept the humidity level higher than ambient humidity, which probably saved most of the roots from drying too much. Getting it back in a pot fast and watering it was definitely the right thing to do. Keep it watered and watch it to make sure it's able to maintain turgor pressure. I would guess its biggest enemy in the coming weeks will be sustained strong dry wind, so keep it sheltered from that. Of course, if it's a strong wind that brings rain, don't be shy about letting it drink up.
 

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Thank's Dave.. It has been a bit windy around here, but I can somewhat combat that.. I will keep it fed and watered..

Don
 
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I agree with Dave... it is not likely as dire as you think... other than getting the pot replaced. If I had something like that happen and I needed to preserve it's arrival condition... I would have packed it with wet sphagnum around exposed areas... that would keep it well enough for a day or two.

Tridents are pretty tough cookies. I'd be surprised if it noticed. :D

V
 

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I am going to give the guy a couple days to make it better.. I have sent emails with pictures.. If he doesn't make it better I will rain hell on his name and nursery!! ;) Who ships without using popcorn?? The tree is huge!! My 4 year old niece coulda done a better job..
 

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I think the worst packing/shipping job I've ever seen was this time I bought a couple clay teapots from China that were supposed to be "antiques", pretty much knowing full-well what they were. I figured, "Oh well, they'd still look nice on a shelf." When I finally got them in the mail, they were nearly obliterated. Luckily, I was actually able to get a refund from the seller. But I also glued them back together just to see what they originally looked like. To my surprise, the shipping box wasn't quite big enough for them. Most likely, the packer crushed them trying to jam them in there.
 

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Shade, regular misting of the leaves, out of the wind, and don't move it for any reason until mid-June and it should be fine. Like the others said, Tris are tough, but their vulnerability is definitely the new roots.
 

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wind is extremely bad here right now.. Imagine that.. It's all stacked against me right now.. I put it in the unconditioned bathroom which is really small.. I have a humidifier keeping it at 70% humidity.. That's the best I can do for it til the wind passes...
 

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I really wouldn't worry about it. Tridents are bulletproof, tough as nails. When I root prune mine, I regularly remove 90 percent of the root mass.

Also for what it's worth, tridents and other maples have a second repotting season- They can be repotted in full leaf when the leaves are "leather hard" That usually happens in June around here. I've done it several times.

I'd be more worried about the snow forecast out there by Sun. night--frost also. I've got my fingers crossed we don't get frost here in No. Va. Sunday night.
 
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