A Sam Miller Pot

As I write this in early January 2018, the pot doesn’t yet exist. Only a brief exchange between Sam (Intermountain Bonsai) and me, and an agreement that it would be made. The pot was commissioned for this ume, which has lived in this Tokoname pot by Touyou for the last 6-7 years.

Looking through Sam’s Intermountain Bonsai images, the four I sent him as my vision for the pot were two for the shape:

And two for the glaze:

I told him I was trying to replicate an antique Chinese Namako container, about 13.5″x4″ deep.

Now, fast forward to the result…

And the repot…

Thanks Sam, well-done!

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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…

A little Shohin trimming

First up, just after leaf-fall in early December, a mini Japanese Maple clump in an Ikkou pot, Before:

After:

Next, Crabapple in a Roy Minerai pot, Before:

After:

Night shots:

And, repotted…due to an early warm snap. The maple was planted into a loud yellow Koyo this time around.

And this crab was reduced from a pot-bound 1-gal can last spring, and quickly filled the new Shohin pot in a year. So after another root reduction, it fit nicely back into this Roy Minerai pot: