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General Category => Evergreen Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Michael T on February 15, 2013, 09:52 AM

Title: Repotting San Jose Juniper
Post by: Michael T on February 15, 2013, 09:52 AM
I recently picked up some nice San Jose Junipers in 3 gallon nursery buckets in nursery potting soil. They all have thick nicely tapering trunks. Should make nice shohin sized trees, which is why I bought them. I suspect the buckets are densely filled with fibrous root systems at least that's how they appear on the surface and that's been my experience with nursery potted plants.

When I collect I typically remove all the field soil and reduce the root zone and that seems to work well, but when I attempt to do the same thing with nursery grown plants in this condition, I haven't had as much success. So, just wondering what other folks do in similar circumstances particularly folks who have experience with nursery junipers.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Title: Re: Repotting San Jose Juniper
Post by: MatsuBonsai on February 15, 2013, 10:24 AM
Bareroot the front half. 

Feel free to come down tomorrow.  I have already secured permission from the wife to do some repotting late morning or early afternoon.  I usually do junipers a little later (mid to late March), but it won't hurt to go early if you can protect the roots from freezing.

Pics wouldn't hurt either.  ;)
Title: Re: Repotting San Jose Juniper
Post by: Chrisl on February 15, 2013, 11:09 AM
All this talk of repotting is making me crazy as I sit here at 28F!   ;D
Title: Re: Repotting San Jose Juniper
Post by: AlexV on February 15, 2013, 11:56 AM
Chris, head down to your local hydroponics shop and grab some lights.  I have a room full of tropicals (ficus, pomegranate, bougainvillea etc) here in MI, and it is the only thing that keeps me sane.  It is 28F outside here and snowing, yet I have been re-potting all month.  Also means I will have less re-potting to do when spring actually shows up outside (April?).

Cheers,
Alex