Author Topic: Bougie Repot Help  (Read 1946 times)

FrankP999

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Bougie Repot Help
« on: June 15, 2012, 08:57 AM »
I just bought a bougie - see picture. It tipped over during shipping and the top 1-2 inches of soil spilled. Last night when it arrived, I just put the loose soil back on top and watered it in.

I want to repot it. Can I repot it now? Can I bare root it to remove the dirt/sand mix it is presently planted in? I plan on putting it in turface/granite/bark mix.

I also need suggestions on pots for this tree.

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Frank
 

nathanbs

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Re: Bougie Repot Help
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2012, 09:55 AM »
whats that varietal called? pink pearl? You can repot now. I suggest a taller but narrow pot. Think cascade pot. And think about making it a cascade or semi cascade
 

Larry Gockley

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Re: Bougie Repot Help
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2012, 02:21 PM »
I agree, now should be fine to repot. I do however see it in a shallow round, literati-like ,pot.  Larry
 

FrankP999

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Re: Bougie Repot Help
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2012, 02:32 PM »
Thanks guys. I agree either literati or cascade.

I don't know the varietal other than "Two Tone".

How much can I take off the roots? It is currently in a nursery pot 10 inch diameter/8 inch deep. I am thinking I need to reduce the roots in stages - I would appreciate advice on that.

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Frank
 

Larry Gockley

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Re: Bougie Repot Help
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2012, 04:03 PM »
The amount of foilage would not dictated that much root mass. I would remove  top soil, down to a nebari, hopefully, and check if the roots go to the bottom of the pot. If it was recently slip potted, they may not. It should be safe to remove 1/3 to 1/2 the amount of soil in the pot, and if that soil has no roots, it's a no brainier. I would see how it responds to that before I bare rooted it. If all is well in a month, perhaps you could do more. The plants health is most important, and if you just got it, it's health may not be known for sure. Larry
 

FrankP999

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Re: Bougie Repot Help
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2012, 11:05 AM »
Thanks Larry
Should I wait until it starts putting out new growth after the trauma of being shipped? The soil it is in is not terrible but I think it is much too large a pot.
 

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Re: Bougie Repot Help
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2012, 02:59 PM »
It would probably be a good thing to wait, I did not realize it was shipped. I might wait two weeks to be sure it's OK. I keep all my bougies in full sun, that in itself requires lots of water, especially the ones in small, shallow pots. I also use pretty serious fert, 16-16-16, or even 20-20-20-, if you can get it, and I apply once a week. Larry