Japanese Maple repotting

This is about the 13th annual repotting for this one. It can’t make it two years between, but last year, I went easy on it due to a new graft that I didn’t want to ruin after 2 years of growing out the scion. That meant this years work would take some time. In fact, it took some time to just get it out of the pot!

Best to prepare the pot first, with a single course of medium akadama:

Then, through several rounds of combing out, spraying out, and cutting back, the roots started to become orderly:

Notice how it’s been planted deeper than would show off the widening base? The reason is to continue the widening, which happens underground. So, once a year I get to admire the progress…for now. Eventually it will be above grade.

Flip it over, and remove anything growing downward out of the base and, heavy roots, and swelling. This helps widen the base and also allows planting into a shallower pot.

With a new haircut, and roots arranged radially, it was wired back into the pot for another year:

And ready for the year…

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5 thoughts on “Japanese Maple repotting

  1. That is a nice maple, Brian, I was wondering if there was more nebari under there. Just curious, did you just do this work or was it done a while back? All of my maples are fully leafed out now.

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