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:

Unpotted

Combed out…

Reduced…

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…

Ginkgo fall pruning

This one is chunky, and I’m keeping it chunky by cutting it back hard every couple years.  I always seal the cuts, and try to cut fat branches shorter, and leave 2 nodes on thin branches.

Round one complete…step back take a look and fix that left side.  I’m ok with one side growing taller, it just needs to be interesting…

There, more interesting…

Seal all the wounds, and let it rest for a few months…