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Repotting stressed bonsai?

Posted by aesir22 ( on
Wed, Jul 3, 13 at 7:20

Hi all,

So a friend of mine, seeing I'm interested in bonsai, kindly bought me one. It was reduced to £4 because essentially it looks like hell lol. Still green under the bark but the leaves have shrivelled and dried.

Its in the typical compacted rubbish soil. Would I be best leaving it in this soil, waiting for it to come back to life under better care, or pot it into my own bonsai mix? I don't wanna stress it out more but if the rubbish spil is the problem i dont want it getting worse!

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RE: Repotting stressed bonsai?

I would pull it out of the container and without any work or anythin, chuck it in a larger container with good quality bonsaimix. THat would stimulate roots to form outsite the current rootball, without disturbing whatever life may be left in the rootbal.

Here is a link that might be useful: bonsai first aid

RE: Repotting stressed bonsai?

Its in terrible shape lol I seriously doubt it will survive. Cut all the dead stuff off it. It was severely pot bound. I soaked it in water and teased the roots free then planted it in 70% inorganic bonsai mix in a larger pot. Its inside a clear bag with the top open a bit to improve humidity in a sunny but not too bright place. I hope it does survive. Looking at the branch structure under all the mess, it has real potential!

I have some small measure of hope. The roots still looked in good health - pale and brown and strong, no sludge or rot that I could see. It's totally bald now lol, with a lot of dead and criss-crossed branches cut away. Fingers crossed!

This post was edited by aesir22 on Wed, Jul 3, 13 at 12:17

RE: Repotting stressed bonsai?

Out of curiosity would anyone know what type of tree this is? I kinda thought it looked like a sageretia theezans (sp?) but I'm a novice lol so could be wrong!

This post was edited by aesir22 on Wed, Jul 3, 13 at 12:01

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