First potting for a Prunus Mahaleb

This tree is an air layer created by my great friend Hans van Meer, it’s been 4 years in the making and was styled by me in March this year. The potting took place as it was strong and ready to go into a bonsai pot. Prior to repotting work was done on the deadwood, it was ‘punky’ as they say in the States… so after cleaning and removing as much of the soft rotting wood, hardener was used to preserve what was left. This styling may appear strange to some but this tree is shown mostly in flower and the wiring is done to accentuate that.

 

First potting of a Han Kengai Yamadori Yew

This is the first potting of the Han Kengai Yamadori Yew. its still got some filling out of the foliage to do so I have potted the tree in an oversize pot to give the roots more run. At this stage, I wanted to know the state of the roots and whether there we any large ones that need to be reduced. I was surprised that there were none. In the future, this tree can be potted in a much shallower and smaller pot. my friend Riccardo Vinciguerra assisted. You can see the earlier work here.

 

Repotting the Tall Guy Hawthorn

This is a series of photos from a repotting of an OLD Hawthorn from a few years ago. Pot is by the late Derek Aspinall, the soil mixture is very open and well draining.

Repotting a Sumo Olive

Today we re-potted Ian’s lovely fat Olive, the original pot was only for training, the new Walsall Ceramics pot is truly a super addition to the great tree. The angle of view has changed with the tree being rotated to the right 45 degrees. The tree has a far more powerful presence.

Repotting to Bigei Pot for Kifu Taxus

kifu-yew-mar-2017I collected this Taxus Baccata in 2004 and it has been through many iterations before arriving at the Kifu size (Ian Warhust always said that the tree should be a small one)

Take a look HERE at a possible early pot selection from Tom Benda, or HERE  or HERE for a progress post.

The pot that the tree has been in for the last two years was purchased when I was judging a show in China and it’s the right size for sure. BUT the quality is not great, it’s a good training pot but not good enough for exhibition. I intend to show this tree over the next three years so a change of pot was required. This Tokoname Bigei Pot is by – Mr. Hirata Atsumi and was purchased in 2016 for this tree.