Bonsai/Potting a tree in training
If you acquired a young tree from a garden center or nursery, or if you have collected a yamadori, you will need to accommodate your tree in pot. Placing your tree in a beautiful, shallow, especially made bonsai pot may seem tempting at first, however It is recommended you plant your tree into a training pot first. This allows the tree to get used to a life in a container and will store more water. Just after repotting, enough water is very important.
- First, cut the tip off the larger roots, this encourages new growth. Don't take too much, or your tree can dry out.
- Because you removed some roots, and with that a part of the water supply, remove some foliage too. Don't cut anything you'll regret later - just about as much as you took away at the roots.
- Make sure your pot is large enough. If there are no water holes in the bottom, cut some out.
- Cover the water holes with mesh. This prevents the soil from falling out, lets air in and water out.
- Put a bit of soil in, about two centimeters is enough.
- Now place your bonsai in.
- While carefully holding your bonsai straight, fill in soil around the roots.
- Water your bonsai.