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Classroom Corner – Driving a Taxus round the bend…..(Part Two)

An open window into the comings and goings of students and their trees attending our regular weekend and midweek bonsai classes under the ever watchful eyes of John Hanby.

Classroom Corner – Driving a Taxus round the bend….(Part Two)
The first part of this blog was posted in April 2015. This detailed how in an Academy class in November 2014 the Taxus had been severely bent despite the trunk being considerably thick.
This post relates to a subsequent Academy session held at the end of May 2015 where as part of the days work the tree was repotted into a suitable bonsai training pot.
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  Once the tree was removed from it’s large black container it became obvious looking at the soil that the tree would not have survived this growing season without the repotting work.
The tree was placed in a smaller more appropriate container in a mix of 50/50 akadama and pumice. A larger size grade of akadama was used in the lower section of the pot.
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The tree was discussed and a light pruning of superfluous branches was carried out. The tree can now be left to continue it’s recovery in peace. No doubt we will check on it’s condition in future Academy sessions eagerly awaiting the day of it’s first styling……. patience is such a virtue!