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JoshuaR

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in need of knowledge
« on: April 24, 2013, 11:20 PM »
Hello everyone,
I am brand new to bonsai. I bought my first juniper this psst weekend and am looking for advice. I am thinking of transferring it to another large pot and letting it grow overt this coming year.  If I do this do I re-pot it with bonsai soil or normal soil.  Any ideas for styling would also be greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance for your help.
 

Don Dunn

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Re: in need of knowledge
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2013, 03:02 AM »
Joshua
Do you think you can post a couple of pictures of your juniper?  What type of juniper is it?
 

JoshuaR

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Re: in need of knowledge
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2013, 06:45 AM »
Hello Don
I posted 2 pictures, I will try again.
 

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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2013, 09:23 AM »
Looks like decent material. Do you know how to repot? This will take a bit of technique and time.

In a nutshell, you can saw off about 1/3 of the rootball, comb out the roots a bit to open it up. However, you cannot bareroot this plant. You could replace the soil for about 1/2 of the rootball meaning completely comb out the soil of half of the rootball. The other half stays in the existing soil.

A nursery plant like this will be a real bear because it will probably be a solid mass of roots. Also the existing soil looks very poor. It would be best to have some help. Google the bonsai clubs in the area and hurry to a meeting. The Baltimore Bonsai Club is meeting this weekend in Clarksville and the details can be found on the website. You are welcome to attend the meeting and bring your plant. (I can't remember if it's Sat or Sun?) There are other clubs in the area and will be found on the web.

Yes, you should repot into some type of inorganic soil. Turface and chicken grit will work. You have to work good substrate into the half of the rootball that will be combed out.

Regular nursery plants are tough to work with. You have a nice piece. You could leave it til next spring just don't overwater. Also, opinions vary and people could give other good advice. I did two this season similar to yours and used the method stated above.


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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2013, 10:05 AM »
Thank you very much for your response. I have read a lot about re-potting, I am fairly sure I can do it. I live in Brooklyn and unfortunately there does not seem to be a club that I can get to, so I am going at this through books, forums,  and trial and error.

 Thank you,
Joshua
 

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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2013, 12:41 PM »
Joshua,  I was just down in Brooklyn, visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. They have a lovely revolving display and... They probably have a list of local clubs, study groups etc. they may even have something at the gardens.

You may wish to add your location...Brooklyn... To your profile, it makes it easier for those reading your posts.
Jay