2 day’s ago, the weather forecast predicted that last Sunday would be a day full of rain. But when I woke up that morning, it was lovely weather! So I immediately phoned my friend/student Ed van der Reek and asked if he could help me to repot my old Larch named “XL”. He made it to my house in just under half a hour! This repotting was I bid of a gamble for me, pot size wise that is. I collected this masive old tree with a large compact rootbal, that way the tree has a greater change of survival and it recovered just fine! But there is one problem with this technique and that is that you dont know what is in hidden in that rootbal. It could be filled with large roots! So you can imaging that selecting a proper sized pot was a bid of a gamble. Well the rootbal proved to be OK and not to much large roots had to be removed to fit “XL” in the smallest and best suited one of the 3 pots that I had selected! This is a beautiful pot made by my good friend Brian Allbright. Here are some impressions of that wonderful and exciting repotting.
Above: Backside of the tree. Removing the plastic container with a power saw. This way the rootbal will stay intact.
Above: Now that the rim of the container is removed, we carfully starting to work our way inward.
Above: This root was a bit bigger than I thought!
Above: Almost all the old mountain soil was removed. And a lot off rocks as well!
Above: Birdseye view of “XL”. I am realy happy with the way it ramification looks! Next year, I plane to show “XL” for the very first time and by than it’s ramification will look even better with this coming seasons new finer growth added to these almost fixed branches.
Ed and me, had a lovely and exciting Bonsai day! At the end of the day I was realy tired, but is was good to do some serious work again! I hope that “XL” will do well in it’s new home and I cant wait to finaly show it next year!
Hans van Meer.
Link to “KARAMOTTO” my personal Bonsai website: http://www.karamotto.org/