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Do I need to repot my bonsai?Updated a year ago

Our Bonsai trees do not have to be repotted for at least 1 to 2 years after delivery. 

When you want to repot your bonsai, follow these steps:

  1. Timing: Repotting is typically done in the spring, just before the growing season begins.

  2. Preparation: Before repotting, make sure to gather all of the necessary tools, including a shallow bonsai pot, bonsai soil mix, wire mesh, and bonsai tools (e.g. pruning shears, root hook, etc.).

  3. Removal from Pot: To remove the bonsai from its pot, gently loosen the soil mix around the edges of the pot, and then carefully pull the tree out by the trunk. If the roots are tightly tangled, use a root hook to gently separate them.

  4. Pruning: Once the tree is out of the pot, inspect the roots and prune any that are diseased, damaged, or growing in a circle. Prune the roots to about two-thirds of their original length, taking care to preserve the root structure as much as possible.

  5. Soil Mix: Fill the bottom of the pot with a layer of bonsai soil mix, and place the tree on top. Backfill around the roots with more soil mix, firming it down gently with your hands.

  6. Wiring: If desired, you can use wire mesh to secure the tree in the pot, but take care not to damage the roots. Make sure to leave enough space between the soil mix and the rim of the pot for watering.

  7. Watering: Water the tree thoroughly after repotting to help settle the soil mix and encourage the roots to grow into the new soil.

  8. Aftercare: Place the bonsai in a shaded location for several days to allow the roots to adjust, and then gradually acclimate it to brighter light. Do not fertilize the tree for several weeks after repotting.

In conclusion, repotting is an important aspect of bonsai care, allowing you to maintain the health and vigor of your tree, and to control its size and shape. By following the steps outlined above, you can repot your bonsai successfully and enjoy its beauty for many years to come.

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