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Bonsai Repotting Supplies & How-to

Repotting a bonsai tree is a fairly simple task, but it requires meticulous care and the right bonsai tools on hand to make the work much easier. We stock premium bonsai repotting supplies—a selection that we use on our own prized trees. Here, we have outlined the basic steps on how to repot a bonsai:

  • Using your selected bonsai wire, attach a bonsai pot screen over the drainage holes of your new pot.
  • Attach an additional wire to the drainage holes, which will be used to attach the tree with in later steps.
  • Layer the base of the pot with akadama to create good drainage.
  • Now, use your prepared soil mixture as the second layer. This is the layer on which the tree will be planted.
  • Carefully remove the tree from its pot, using a root knife when stuck.
  • By using a bonsai root-hook, carefully disentangle the roots somewhat. Use extra care when re-potting pine trees, ensuring all the soil is not removed as this would remove the essential fungus.
  • Prune back long roots to ensure that your tree maintains a compact root-system, which is essential for bonsai. Remove rotting or vertical growing roots.
  • It is best practice to prune up to 25% of the total root mass.
  • Place the tree slightly out of the middle of your new pot, and attach it with the wire that was placed through the drainage hole in step 3.
  • Fill the pot, using the soil mixture, up to about 1 cm below the rim, filling the pot completely with no air pockets left between roots.
  • Water your bonsai thoroughly, and your transfer is complete!
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