Well, I have been remiss in posting. Most of my tree work has been done at the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt since December but now it is time to address some of my trees. Pines need to get re-potted and some of my trees are showing early budding which will push their window of work sooner than later.
My big, “Bill Scott” legacy pine was marked for re-potting and I am glad I did. I was extremely disappointed in the root development. It was planted in a mix of black lava and akadama but the root did poorly. I cleaned out more of the old original soil mix and put the tree back in the same pot with new standard pine mix of pumice, lava, and akadama. I need to let it grow strong in the spring to develop roots. The key reason for this re-potting was to reorient the tree after critique by my sensei. I will be keeping a close eye on it.
Also time to repot a small shohin pine that had extremely good roots. It is moving into a more power pot for a few years to thicken the trunk. It has made good progress since it was started as a seedling container pot.
A surprise re-potting was the western fig that was pushing buds. I knew it had to move out of the exiting pot. I was cram full of roots and now moves into a nice pot made by, no deceased, Sandy V. The tree itself is over 50 years old and now in a legacy pot.