Because of our moderate climate here on the Central Coast, we can get away with re-potting anytime between winter and early spring. This year, I'm glad to get started early because I've never been so busy with tons of little projects that need repotting like this little coast live oak. Future award winner in the year 2045;)
I've been collecting Junipers for about seven years now, and I'm always trying to learn more about how to work with them. Generally speaking I've always tried to error on the side of caution which is the reason for this super long and skinny box. It seems like the more roots you collect, the better chance the tree has of surviving after collection. However, I think I was a bit too cautious with this one.
Because the tree has been growing strongly, I decided to re-pot and put it into a small box. The first thing I did was to take the box apart. Using screws makes the box stronger and easier to take a part.
If I could go back in time, I probably would have reduced the length of the root mass by about 25% at the time I boxed it up. That way I could get it into a Bonsai pot more quickly.
Here's a closer pic of all the roots growing in pumice.
Once again staying on the side of caution, I cut off about 1/2 the roots and then bare rooted the front half.
Here it is after cutting off half and combing out the front of the root ball out. I built a new box and used Clay King as the soil medium.
Now being in a smaller box it's much easier to move around now. I tilted the tree a bit more forward which changed the profile of the foliage for now. The next time I re-pot I'll bare root the back half and shorten more length off the sides. The tree still has a long way to go and I look forward to wiring and styling in the near future, stay tuned for more updates. Thanks so much for reading and Happy Holidays!