This little air-layer was repotted this year, so I let it grow all year. It grew a bit leggy, because I think it didn’t get enough water! So here it is in late September before any work:
First, unwire and remove old needles:
Next, scrub the trunk to clean it up and remove old bark, then and remove the top layer of old soil:
Close-up, the air-layered base is nice, not always a feature of Shimpakus:
Trim back to bifurcation get shoots. This was challenging on the weaker growth from this growing season:
See some crotch growth and weaker shoots in the mix:
In fact, lots of growth was removed, but the tree still has plenty to work with.
Wired and branches set:
the pads are a little large, and the apex needs to settle in, but not bad for a 5-year old air-layer.
The pot? Shinobu.