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Species Specific => Shimpaku Juniper Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: GBHunter on May 26, 2014, 09:24 PM

Title: Root Rot Help
Post by: GBHunter on May 26, 2014, 09:24 PM
Hello gents I had a juniper for the last 3 years. I made  rookie mistake, I cut the foliage back and did not root prune. Soo in Michigan the last 2 weeks or so have been nothing but rain, the tree was left in its 5 gallon bucket and the bottom 1/2 of the bucket was wet. Under supervision by a bonsai guru I repotted the tree into a pot with inorganic substrate. I pruned as many rotting roots that could be found. There is areas of green growth but they are small. The rootball has been combed as best I can but the humidity is high  the rootball is not really drying out. Any ideas?
Title: Re: Root Rot Help
Post by: Herman on May 27, 2014, 09:32 AM
Hi GB,

All advice i can give is watch how often you water the tree, and if it rains, get it under a roof... I have a japanese white pine that I have to micro-manage like this. Other than that, you might get some insignificant die back due to stress, just wait it out and see what happens. Doing something more drastic than watching how often you water and keeping it out of the rain when it's already damp might just send it over the edge...take heart, junipers are tough trees :)

kind regards
Title: Re: Root Rot Help
Post by: davestree on May 27, 2014, 10:15 AM
Try tilting the pot for better drainage.
Title: Re: Root Rot Help
Post by: GBHunter on May 27, 2014, 08:40 PM
This is going to be a series of pictures of my uhm pathetic atempts at trees.
this is the before and after root root, this happened in 7 days after a week of non stop rain.