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Memory Lane – Inside out repotting!!

Looking back….we can tell a tree’s story…..admire an image…..capture a moment…..remember a special event… inspired – to create a memory for tomorrow. I hope you enjoy this regular peep into some of John’s bonsai history.
Memory Lane – Inside out repotting!!

March 2013 and this Taxus Baccata arrived at a workshop. We wanted to repot the tree but on examining the rootball it was not possible to carry out a normal repotting.

The soil in the centre of the rootball was probably original garden soil and it had deteriorated very badly. Most of the roots in the the central area around the base of the tree had rotted away.

The outer section of the rootball was left untouched and only the soil in the middle area was removed. It now resembled a polo mint in design and this hole was then subsequently filled with fresh free draining compost.

The same tree was brought along on a one to two workshop a few weeks ago. Just look how strong he is now. All the branches had been wired and the tree was ready for styling.

This tree has come a long way since it was dug out of a hedge and is now making a really fine bonsai. It could have been a totally different story if we hadn’t got the repotting right in 2013!