Author Topic: Trees that missed repotting season  (Read 1193 times)

lvillebonsai

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Trees that missed repotting season
« on: April 27, 2014, 06:30 PM »
I have a couple deciduous and one evergreen tree that I could not get to this season to repot. They clearly need it as water puddles up on the top of the soil any time I water. Any recommendations for ways I might help these trees out? Would you repot or maybe just replace the top couple inches of soil? (Seems what's lurking at the bottom is the real problem though, not the top.)
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Trees that missed repotting season
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2014, 07:57 PM »
I'd need to see photos to give specific advice.  Let's see some photos.

That said, 2 easy solutions are: 1. use a chop stick and poke/drill holes, if really compacted use a hammer to pound the chopstick in; or 2. slip pot into a larger pot, and you can loosen your rootball when you do this.

You can do some emergency repotting depending on the tree and condition.  Basically, pull the tree from its pot, loosen the soil on the surface and spray it off with a hose.  Loosen the rootball so water drains through it.  Then slip it back in the pot and carefully work soil in.  Depending on the tree, you can cut off encircling roots before repotting.