Ginkgo close-ups

I took a few shots of this tree just as fall color was starting to peek in. New posts coming soon, but for now enjoy some photos.

This is a ginkgo grown from seed I collected in 1997, making the tree 23 years old. It is about 18” tall, in a 13.5” wide Tokoname pot. I decided to try a masculine pot this year, hopeful it would be a nice match at fall, and a little larger to get through a year of typical massive root growth.

Ginkgo pot selection

Just for fun, thought I’d try a few different pots for this 23-year old ginkgo from seed.

The current pot is a vintage Tokoname pot by Heian Kouso. It’s a good quality pot, fitting, but slightly small, and at times maybe a bit bright.

Left to right, yellow vintage Chinese, namako Tokoname by Shuho, unglazed rectangle Tokoname by Sanpo.

I went with the unglazed pot because I like how the strength compliments the trunk, and the unglazed container is more subdued to contrast with the chunky trunk and increasingly busy branch structure. Additionally, the roots grow remarkably strong each year, and this pot is slightly bigger.

Soil added:


And growing just a couple weeks later:

2019 ginkgo repot

I started this from seed in 1997, just a few years after I started the hobby. It’s definitely the tree that I’ve owned for the longest time, and I have been determined to train it only by pruning…no wiring.

The base is fattening up nicely, and I’ve repotted every year since it was dug from the ground around 2013. Each year the vigor has settled down a little more. For the first few years, the roots had pushed the tree up nearly twice the height of the original planting position.

Here is the starting point this year:


Combed out…


Combed out again, and any downward-growing roots were also removed.

Then roots combed outward…

Secured into the pot…

Akadama and lava worked in…

Watered in…