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9thwonder

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3-4yr juniper re-potted
« on: June 16, 2010, 06:10 PM »
just re-potted my juniper. i hope it survives!
 

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Re: 3-4yr juniper re-potted
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2010, 10:15 PM »
I hope it does too.

Why'd you repot it?
 

9thwonder

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Re: 3-4yr juniper re-potted
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2010, 11:03 PM »
i re-potted for a number of reasons.

-when i purchased the tree, it had glued on pebbles and it was not draining well
- i was told it had been in its other pot for 2+ yrs
- i was anxious and i wanted to start fresh i guess ( i wrote everything down like a nerd)
 

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Re: 3-4yr juniper re-potted
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2010, 08:49 AM »
What's the soil?  Looks like a LOT of organics.
 

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Re: 3-4yr juniper re-potted
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2010, 12:49 PM »
there is Perlite and pine bark in the pot. its about 60% Perlite and 40% pine bark, but i didn't really like the white surface the perlite was giving off so i put a top layer of pine bark
 

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Re: 3-4yr juniper re-potted
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2010, 01:05 PM »
i re-potted for a number of reasons.

-when i purchased the tree, it had glued on pebbles and it was not draining well
Enough reason right there.
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- i was told it had been in its other pot for 2+ yrs
Not necessarily reason of itself, but quite possibly.
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- i was anxious and i wanted to start fresh i guess ( i wrote everything down like a nerd)
Thats what I suspected was the ONLY reason.

As I understand it, you're just getting started.  The rush to pot is nearly ubiquitous and does our trees no real favors.  Be careful that you don't rush your trees into a small (bonsai) pot before they're ready.  Until the trunk is the size you want it to be, trees are usually better off in a grow box, oversized pot, or in the ground.
 

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Re: 3-4yr juniper re-potted
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2010, 05:19 PM »
There's some back budding - so you'll be able to remove some of thoes longer branches eventually.

You should try and find some nice vigorous raw material - local garden centers or locally growing native trees. The more you have (I have over 300 now...doh) the less time you worry about the one tree.
 

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Re: 3-4yr juniper re-potted
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2010, 04:00 AM »
i actually put it into a bigger pot, but i am impatient. i think if i did have more bonsai's i wouldn't bother each individual tree as much. i would like to start getting bigger pre-bonsai so i can practice the art and plus they are so cheap.
 

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Re: 3-4yr juniper re-potted
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2010, 05:49 AM »
Indeed - Firethorn, Berberis, Cotoneaster, Juniper procumbens  are all reasonably cheap and easy to find and can make excellent little trees.