As a creature of habit, I tend to stick with things that work. I really worked hard to score this light blue Yamaaki pot years ago, and think it’s a great fit for the tree…probably will continue to be for years to come. But I’ve been really bored with my collection lately and decided to shake things up quite a bit. So far, in normal repotting conditions, I’ve repotted trees into different containers a little over half the time this year.
This tree has been in only 3 different pots since about 2005
Bringing us to current.
In late winter, I added some thread grafts. The tree is losing vigor and needs to have new growth pushed back closer to the trunk. Either through hard pruning or some strategic grafting.
Now, to the repotting. This one always takes a while because I’m working to improve the nebari a little at a time.
Confirming the Suishoen is the same size as the Yamaaki…
This should look nice when those bright red leaves emerge. Not a bad 4th pot.
Saving some of the best for last. I prefer to use medium grain akadama, lava and pumice in roughly equal proportions for black pines and Shimpaku junipers…and actually less akadama just because I tend to over water, and it’s the most retentive of the three.
Pausing here for a moment…one challenge I constantly face with repotting is not getting the tree situated just perfectly in the pot. Take time, find a level spot and be really sure the tree is exactly where it should be, on every plane…or (if you’re like me) it will mock you from the bench all year long.
Shimpaku juniper, also in a Gyouzan pot. 3 years since last repot..and seems to be on a 3-year cycle.