From Standard To Bonsai Pot: Garden Photos & Stories

A tree of unknown species is moved from its training pot to a small bonsai pot in the next post in my series on gardening photos and stories.

If anyone can assist me with the species of tree, I would be most grateful and will edit the post and credit you.


Some faint markings that look like Japanese script are on this bonsai pot, a gift to me from a family member who has had it unused for years. At some point it also appears to have been sold for ten cents.

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The destination pot from the top down next to a standard pair of garden secateurs for size reference. You can see that the clippers have had some use - they've been quite trustworthy.

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The tree in question in its training pot where it has lived for around a year. The destination pot alongside. I'm not sure where the decorative rocks will end up.

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The rocks have been removed, and the soil around the top of the roots has been loosened. I can now tuck my hand under the roots of the tree gently.

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Removed from the pot, you can see the root structure of the tree. I am catching the earth in the blue pot to keep the tree in its familiar soil. There will be excess I can use elsewhere.

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A torn plant-fibre cup to cover the drainage hole. You can see the use of these in more detail in my past posts, follow me at @almightymelon and scroll back to see.

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After cleaning the roots of the tree, no trimming was needed to fit them into the small bonsai pot. The tree is on an ugly angle here, however, and a gentle twist of the roots inside the pot helped its line.

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The tree stands in its new pot on a nice angle. I will need to improve the soil quality over time by digging small trenches or drilling small holes and filling them with tiny amounts of rich soil.

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From the top down, the line is still nice. Often a tree doesn't keep its two-dimensional line from this angle too. There is a small dead part at the base of the trunk that will need careful removal.

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In its final position, with my other small bonsai and an incense holder and rock. Behind the clear plastic is great for these trees while they take hold. The late-day indirect light is just what they need, and they're easy to water here.

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That's all. I hope you enjoyed this latest effort. There will be more to come, as now in autumn is one time considered good to re-pot and prune. Keep an eye out for more.



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Looking good! Don't know the species though, sorry.
The plant looked somehow bigger than the end result.

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Perspective is all part of the trick, I think. I'll take it as a win.

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