1 to 1 with Bonsai Eejit – Large Hinoki

Sally's Bridge Bonsai

During a two day session with Ian Young, we worked through a few repottings that I would have found challenging alone.

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The first was a Hinoki Cypress (Chaemecyparis obstusa ‘Nana Gracilis’) styled about a year previous. It originally was a nursery tree with a lot of crossing and looping roots which had been partially unraveled in a previous re-pot.

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Un-typically for a conifer a hose was used to remove grit, peat and field soil to allow us untangle the roosts.

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Many roots were shortened where possible, a few removed but despite reducing the apparent bulk of the root ball we managed to retain a really good contingent of roots.

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Due to the success of the root preparation work, we were able to put the tree into a much shallower pot than I would have initially expected.

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The finished product (on the day) went into my tunnel for some protection during…

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