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Bonsai Potting & Repotting
Welcome to our care guide on potting bonsai. We’re here to help you take care of your bonsai through expert advice. Find out how to repot a bonsai below!
Bonsai Potting & Repotting Guide
Potting bonsai and repotting them is a fairly easy process, but one of the main questions we often hear beginners ask is how do you know if it needs repotting? While this may seem like an obvious question, you shouldn’t just take the appearance of the bonsai as the only factor to determine whether it needs a new pot.
To be able to determine if you need to repot your bonsai tree, take the tree out of the pot. Be very gentle when doing that as bonsai are delicate. If you can see that there is still some soil left and the root has not filled the pot, it’s not ready to be repotted.
To help you with the process of potting your bonsai tree, whether you’ve just bought a new one, or you’ve had one for a while, we’ve written a guide you can follow when repotting your bonsai trees.
How To Repot a Bonsai Tree?
To move your bonsai into a new pot, first you need to take it out of the old one. There is a particular way of doing this, you don’t just grab it and pull! You need to tease out the roots from the bottom and the sides. A root hook would be very useful for this task. If you don’t have one, it might be time to invest in one as it’s an extremely beneficial tool that will help you out considerably.
- Depending on the state of your bonsai, the roots may need a trim. Sometimes roots can grow so long that they wrap around the pot, so in order to continue with the repotting process, you’ll need to trim them back carefully.
- Place the bonsai tree in a safe space while doing that. Another pot that you have would be ideal for this. Be sure to check your bonsai for any moss, you can simply brush this off and remove it.
- Before you repot, make sure you give your bonsai tray or pot a good clean!
- To stop bugs and pests from getting into your pot, you can cover the drainage holes with mesh. Additionally, this also stops the soil from washing out after you water your tree.
- Get your bonsai soil and place a generous but even layer at the bottom of the pot.
- Carefully and gently place the tree in the pot and ensure you position it at a good angle.
- Use more soil and fill the gaps around the tree. Pat down the soil but don’t be too aggressive as you want the soil to breathe and keep an open texture with air space.
- Gently water your bonsai tree with a watering can until you see water come out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.
You’re all done!
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