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.
I bought my first Shohin box stand this year. Showin’ Shohin requires lots of little trees and pots to portray the season, and have the “right” mix of randomness.
First the stand, purchased from Wan Thatsaniyom. A few shots he shared of the build.
Problems on the way around the world, however…
Really disappointing to both of us. However, it should be reparable.
And the arranging begins…
This was air-layered about 4 years ago, and has been wired out for the last 2. It’s growing strong, and it’s time to get the wires off, prune to back a little, and clean up the dead wood.
Pruned back, about 1/3 of the foliage removed. Sucker growth, strong tips, and weak growth was all removed:
Finally, trunks scrubbed up and deadwood treated with lime-sulfur:
Should be all set for the rest of the growing season. Pot? Shinobu.