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is March, and repotting is the theme for most bonsai enthusiasts. Roots have continued to grow during
season, storing plant nutrients up for Spring. With longer days and even short periods of slightly warmer weather, those nutrients are now rushing upward, causing
buds to expand, and leaves to form.
is probably the most challenging time for the bonsai artist. Root pruning must be done on a
interval as pots begin to fill with roots and organic materials are broken down
in the existing
soil. The need for
repotting is indicated by a “lackluster” look of the plants, or often the tree’s
mass actually rising above the pot as roots multiply below. A great
plan is to try and get your trees
on an alternate-year schedule, repotting half of
them now, and the other half next year.
tree is unique in its needs, and some research and experience aids in determining
Search the web, check bonsai sites, and join a local bonsai group;
all these are excellent sources
of information on this interesting, entertaining
hobby. If you are in the North Alabama area, come
and join us at the Living Art Bonsai Society. We meet each month in Huntsville at the Botanical
Garden. In the meantime, enjoy our website and this wonderful art!