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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking good! Don't know the species though, sorry.
The plant looked somehow bigger than the end result.
Perspective is all part of the trick, I think. I'll take it as a win.
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