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emergency repot?
« on: August 13, 2014, 05:57 PM »
I have two little black pines that were heavily cut back in the spring. However they are in really crappy soil, can I transplant them now? The roots would be left alone and the pine would be returned to its current pot to grow just the soil has to be changed. I know that black pines are limited to one drastic change a year but the soil is a muddy, mossy mess.


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Re: emergency repot?
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2014, 08:19 PM »
Im a novice as well in Bonsai. All I can tell you is, we dont know much unless we try. Even with all the info to digest. Sometimes its best as a noob to live and learn. Id say go for it man. We live and learn. Its not a 250 dollar jpb and Im not saying that as a mean guy.  :D I had same anxiety though as you, with my coastal redwood that I repotted last month. Im in zone 9b at a constant 110 degree weather. Somehow its thriving lol. Live and learn boss! gl



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Re: emergency repot?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2014, 08:34 PM »
Leave it alone, let it recover.  Next time, roots first.


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Re: emergency repot?
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2014, 12:57 AM »
I'm with Matsu on this, don't attempt a repot now. Place it in full sun and stick a chopstick into the soil only water when just the tip is still damp, even if this means watering once a weak or even less. Also don't water until the soil becomes a muck , rather water it twice or three times over a half hour and just use enough water to dampen the soil a little each time. Lastly, when checking the chopstick if its time to water, don't stick it back in the same hole make a new one and drive the chopstick down as far as you can
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Re: emergency repot?
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2014, 04:15 AM »
  No matter what if you change the soil you WILL disturb the roots.  One insult per year for a pine. Either chop or root work then rest a year.