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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: MatsuBonsai on March 11, 2012, 02:06 PM

Title: Repotting workshop
Post by: MatsuBonsai on March 11, 2012, 02:06 PM
We had great weather for a repotting workshop yesterday.  Even had the opportunity to snap some pictures before things got too messy.

The insurance company was even close by, just in case.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: MatsuBonsai on March 11, 2012, 02:08 PM
Tim wasn't sure the pot he bought was the right size or not for his RMJ.

Some cleaning of the deadwood during the morning.  The sun peaked below the roof line for afternoon repotting.  Somehow I still managed to get a sunburn on the side of my face and neck.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: Yenling83 on March 12, 2012, 12:00 PM
Cool pictures, did you or your friend collect any of these?
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: MatsuBonsai on March 12, 2012, 01:20 PM
No.  The two RMJs were from ABS/BCI Louisville 2011.  One of the westerns was in the BIB 10 auction.  The other was my final tree, which I purchased afterward.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: MatsuBonsai on March 12, 2012, 05:41 PM
Some of the cheaper pots didn't have any wire holes.  Well, they do now.  :)
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: MatsuBonsai on March 14, 2012, 04:25 PM
Finally some time to snap some photos.  Tim took the big'n home before I was able to get a final shot.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: mcpesq817 on March 15, 2012, 09:47 AM
Nice trees - I really like that first juniper.  Your JBP is also coming along very nicely.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: nathanbs on March 15, 2012, 10:01 AM
what is your soil mix? ITs very light in color
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: bwaynef on March 15, 2012, 10:28 AM
What you're seeing is probably the chopped sphagnum, atop lava, akadama, and pumice.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: MatsuBonsai on March 15, 2012, 10:37 AM
What you're seeing is probably the chopped sphagnum, atop lava, akadama, and pumice.

Yes.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: John Kirby on March 15, 2012, 10:44 AM
The final exam tree is progressing very nicely.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: MatsuBonsai on March 15, 2012, 10:52 AM
Thanks John and mcpesq817.  I was thinking both were looking a little untidy.  I see some wiring in my future.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: Chrisl on March 15, 2012, 12:57 PM
I put sphagnum moss on top of my newly transplanted trees too.  But during the day, it dries out and the wind blows it away.  Aggravating! lol
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: boon on March 15, 2012, 01:15 PM
John,
Good job.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: nathanbs on March 15, 2012, 04:19 PM
What you're seeing is probably the chopped sphagnum, atop lava, akadama, and pumice.

Yes.
gotcha. So do you put the sphagnum on every tree you repot? For how long?
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: MatsuBonsai on March 15, 2012, 04:22 PM
gotcha. So do you put the sphagnum on every tree you repot? For how long?

Usually, sometimes, maybe, yes, usually.  :)

Thanks Boon, that means a lot.

I just noticed I missed the front of the first RMJ (stupid round pots :) ).  I just rushed home to start watering before the rain started, so I'll try to correct the photo with the proper front after the rain passes.  I don't remember posting this one here before, so I'll work up another thread specific to this tree.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: nathanbs on March 15, 2012, 07:07 PM
How long do you typically leave it on?
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: MatsuBonsai on March 15, 2012, 07:38 PM
Somewhere between 6 weeks and 6 months.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: scottroxburgh on March 16, 2012, 01:31 AM
...I just rushed home to start watering before the rain started...

 :D Gold!

Great looking workshop, its good to get a group of friends around regularly for bonsai!
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: Chrisl on March 16, 2012, 10:29 AM
Somewhere between 6 weeks and 6 months.

I hate to ask again, but how do you keep it from blowing off when it dries when I'm at work??
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: MatsuBonsai on March 16, 2012, 10:36 AM
Water it in well. Never been a problem for me.

Find a less windy spot?  :)
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: Chrisl on March 16, 2012, 10:41 AM
That's hard here in Chicago, and I live near the lake so there almost is always a good wind, which dries it out and blows it away.  I was thinking of cutting circles of that rubbermaid rubber shelf liner.  It has holes that I can put my cakes on and I can water freely.  Just fasten it down with some long copper pins.  this is the only thing I could come up with.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: MatsuBonsai on March 16, 2012, 11:18 AM
Move to Louisville?

There's a weed barrier thing that I've seen used on pots. Might be worth a try.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: Chrisl on March 16, 2012, 11:40 AM
Weed barrier?  Not a bad idea at all...cheaper too.  Thanks Matsu.  And if all else fails, Louisville here I come LOL
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: JRob on March 16, 2012, 11:48 AM
Use nylon screen for storm doors and windows. Use aluminum nails to hold in place. Check out some of Satsuki pics you should see my method there.

JRob
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: Chrisl on March 16, 2012, 12:16 PM
I found them.  Another good idea, Thanks JRob!  Do you put your cakes on top of the mesh or underneath?  Not sure it makes a difference?
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: Dale Cochoy on March 16, 2012, 08:50 PM
Some of the cheaper pots didn't have any wire holes.  Well, they do now.  :)

Couldn't you use the drain holes for wiring holes?

D.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: MatsuBonsai on March 16, 2012, 08:52 PM
Yes. 

I find the extra wire holes provide better anchor points.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: Tom Mounce on April 02, 2012, 08:43 PM
Nice looking trees John, how do the RMJs do in Louisville.

Tom
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: MatsuBonsai on April 02, 2012, 08:48 PM
Thanks.  Doing well so far.  This one (http://bonsaistudygroup.com/california-juniper-discussion/rocky-mountain-juniper-833/) is really putting on some strong growth.  I'll try to remember to update with more photos tomorrow.
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: Jim Doiron on April 03, 2012, 04:50 PM
It was fun time and John didn't yell at me once while I potentially screwed up repotting his trees, although I was demoted to water sprayer for the hole drilling.  ;D
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: MatsuBonsai on April 03, 2012, 08:30 PM
And a fine job you did with the water!
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: Adair M on April 21, 2012, 04:33 PM
Matsu,

Some of my older pots don't have wiring holes, and they're large enough that I think they would really benefit from them.  I don't have a drill press, but I do have an electric drill.  What bits do you use?  Regular masonry bit?

I don't have any super valuable antique pots, but are there some you would not drill?  Does drilling lower the value of a pot?
Title: Re: Repotting workshop
Post by: MatsuBonsai on April 21, 2012, 05:38 PM
I wouldn't drill any of significant value. Risk of breakage. Probably lowers the value since just wiping off patina has a negative effect on value.

Just a diamond tipped hole saw.  Electric drill should be fine.