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Owen Reich

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The "Bareroot Half The Tree" Technique Survey
« on: February 16, 2015, 07:49 PM »
Hello All, as repotting season rapidly approaches, I've been wondering what kind of success rates people have had with the "bare-root half" technique on conifers.  As a disclaimer I'm not going after the validity of this technique.  Just curious how many have had trees suffer, jump into high gear (vibrant health), lose limbs, saved a tree from stress, etc. 

I've never done it, but work with a number of people who do.  Photos during repotting are difficult, but any are appreciated of trees repotted in this manner before and after or just comments. 

The other questions are:
How did the tree(s) do after the other half was repotted?
Are there specific species of conifers that have been deemed not suitable for this repotting method? 
Is the tree left alone for an extended period (say longer than a year) after the second half is repotted?
 

Adair M

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Re: The "Bareroot Half The Tree" Technique Survey
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2015, 10:05 PM »
Owen, I've done it several times. Really works well.

There is a picture of me beginning to do the "other" half of a tree that was half bare rooted before.

I'll see if I can find it. But the side that had been bare rooted before was full of mychorazzae. The side that was the old soil was brown and yucky.

Boon took a pic and posted it on Facebook.
 

Owen Reich

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Re: The "Bareroot Half The Tree" Technique Survey
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2015, 10:39 PM »
Thanks.  One more quick question; do you find it a challenge to water with half more free draining and half not?  

Going to give it a shot on a pine I was just given; Naka designed it and it's likely previous owner hasn't repotted it since....  Will post pics when I get it out of storage.
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Dan W.

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Re: The "Bareroot Half The Tree" Technique Survey
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2015, 01:00 AM »
Owen, what is your usual method?
 

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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2015, 01:18 AM »
It's not Any more of a challenge to water than any other normally repotted plant with a more solid root ball and free draining fresh soil. Water until the old soil is wet throughout. It's virtually impossible to overwater the fresh soil. Water runs right through. 

I have a Western Juniper that we're replacing the old field soil using "half bare root" technique. But, since it was yamadori, we just did a "third" bare root. Two down, one to go. We're also changing the planting angle, so doing it by thirds lets us change the potting angle in stages.
 

DorianJF

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Re: The "Bareroot Half The Tree" Technique Survey
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2015, 01:46 AM »
Please excuse my ignorance but this technique sounds interesting.

Anybody have some links or information so that I can understand the technique and what it is all about.  Been searching Google and cannot find much.

Thanks.
 

FrankP999

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Re: The "Bareroot Half The Tree" Technique Survey
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2015, 03:29 AM »
Adair, this is a really great photograph.

 

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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2015, 05:28 AM »
Nice,

Adair, do you water the new half more frequently?
I never really understood how to care for these halfbreeds!

Thanks
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Adair M

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Re: The "Bareroot Half The Tree" Technique Survey
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2015, 09:13 AM »
Thanks, Frank, that's the picture!

The white soil is full of mychorazzae. That's the half that had been done previously. The dark half was the old potting soil. I removed all that when I did the second half bare root.

The new soil stays dryer, since it is in free draining soil.

This tree was watered by Boon's automatic sprinkling system. So, no special care was taken to water each half separately.

That's a JBP, by the way.
 

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Re: The "Bareroot Half The Tree" Technique Survey
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2015, 10:08 AM »
Adair, I actually grabbed that photo from your facebook pages. However, I know I have seen it before somewhere else, just can't remember where.

Good example of the technique.

Frank
 

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« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2015, 03:35 PM »
Hmm he said, scratching his chin. I remember when this method first appeared but not whose idea it was. Saw it on Bonsai Tonight too. Using angled tweezers. The mycorrhizae says it all.
Was it Hagedorn?
 

Owen Reich

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Re: The "Bareroot Half The Tree" Technique Survey
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2015, 03:37 PM »
Dan, if you watch Bjorn's YouTube Series Bonsai Art of Japan Episode 26, it details the way I repot most trees.  Got in a lot of trouble filming that one.  We don't like to leave the root systems in open air too long.

As for plants in nursery production media, I do something similar to the above video, but usually take the bottom 1/3 or 1/2 of root ball off if plant can handle it first.
 

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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2015, 04:11 PM »
Just so we are all singing from the same hymn book, we don't do a half bare root repot every time. It's when the tree has to be removed from old, poor soil. Like regular nursery mix. Or potting a yamadori and changing the soil to bonsai soil.

On a standard repot, where the tree is already in good soil, just do a standard repot. No bare rooting at all, except for teasing out 1/2 inch all around the root ball. Except on the bottom. It should be flat and smooth.
 

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Re: The "Bareroot Half The Tree" Technique Survey
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2015, 05:31 PM »
I'll be repotting a JBP soon and I'll be sure to document the process. I acquired the tree from an older friend whom ran into some health problems and could no longer care for it. The soil is very slow draining so I think it's been a good stretch between root work. Should I try this "half-bare root"? I've got my "Boon mix" ready but I'm unsure if spring will ever come!!
 

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Re: The "Bareroot Half The Tree" Technique Survey
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2015, 07:45 PM »
Probably. Looks healthy, needs cutting back. A different pot, too. I