This morning I awoke and had my mind set on re-potting some of my tropical trees in new pots that I acquired from auctions this year. A few of the pots were made by Iana Glushach. I love her style of pot and I have been working to collect a select few from the Facebook. I prepared most of my new pots the night before with screen and wire. Always good to take the before and after images. You will see a below a Ficus Microcarpa, a grafted Green island. The the morning sun hit the trees and while it was still somewhat temperate outside the work began.
The new pots I chose were to accent the form of the tree or allow more root space to strengthen the tree. I usually repot these trees every year or every other because they are aggressive root growers. This past few years all my tropical trees have been in the strengthen stage. Before re-potting I clean out the foliage and removed shoots or overly heavy branches. The Microcarpa on the right above, grew very full and since these are to be shohin size (8-10″) trees I need to ensure the apically dominate trees did not get branches at the top that were too heavy for the rest of the tree.
The rest of the trees the gallery below are updates from trees I work on last summer.