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Topical Times – Little and Large…..a repot!

A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..

Topical Times – Little and Large…..a repot!

It’s that time of year when everyone in the bonsai world is involved in repotting. Here on the nursery there is always plenty to do.

This small Ash tree was acquired last year and show’s excellent potential to be a good shohin bonsai. Despite it’s small size the trunk is stocky with a nice nebari and good taper.

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The tree was certainly overdue for a repot and several heavy roots had to be removed from under the centre of the nebari. I am sure it will benefit from the new compost and this pot made by Tony Remington.

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The first pictures of the Escallonia were taken in October 2014. It has been in this Walsall pot for some 5 years.

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The tree had been growing well but there was some poor original soil and dead root directly below the trunk which had to be removed.

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The planting angle and front were altered slightly. The new pot was made by John Pitt and was one I had stood empty. It is a softer line but of similar colour to the original pot which should match well with the cleaned up bark of the Escallonia.

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The tree was then given a severe pruning back to the basic ramification. Branches will be developed further during this growing season. Little or large….big or small…..they all have to be taken care of and their future development planned accordingly.