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Studio Stories – Repotting Big John

Sometimes I work on nursery trees, sometimes I work on client’s trees……and sometimes if I’ve been a really good boy I get to work on my own trees. Hopefully these regular visits will give you an insight into what goes on behind closed doors……….
Studio Stories – Repotting Big John

Last Thursday my helpers could not get in because of the snow……I was on my own so decided to catch up on some repotting. Big John is a Trident Maple and quite a substantial one. He was last repotted in March 2015.

As you can see from the pictures I did have some help……if you can call it that!!! This is some tree to handle on your own. An excellent root system had continued to develop over the past three years and there was plenty to remove.

Notice the acorns…….can you believe one of our furry little friends is using Big john as a grain store!!

I used a mix of three parts Akadama to one part Bims (a German river gravel ) in two sizes of granules. The whole thing came together well and once again he just fits snugly into his shallow Derek Aspinall pot.

Hopefully he will be alright now for another 3/4 years. The final picture is just another reminder for me as much as for you as to how far I have come with this tree!