A number of pictures with captions of our repotting adventures in 2023…
A partial soil alternative of a hemlock, with the start of a muck wall to carry the soil in. The wall was as much as the highest when completed. It’s simpler to repot giant clumps and forests on slabs whereas leaving them on the slab and simply partially remodeling the basis mass. With this tree the entrance and the again obtained this remedy. The muck is the muck I’ve used since about 2015, 1 : 1 : 1 sphagnum moss, akadama fines, and cooked corn starch. It stiffens after utility and the roots find it irresistible. Additionally water penetrates it higher than conventional keto. This isn’t my recipe, I believe somebody in Hawaii got here up with it.
A Shore Pine will get repotted. This outdated fella was collected on Vancouver Island by the good Peter Wilson. This was a Seasonal class. The purple duct tape on the ground was from a images session, not an archeology web site subsequent to an historic river (the crack within the concrete).
Japanese Maple being repotted. This tree has been in 50% akadama, 50% pumice for the final 15 years or so. That is the maple I’ve featured just a few occasions on the weblog with the secondary trunk created from an air-layered department up above.
Grafting roots on a Stewartia. A lot of the positive root development there may be from the scions. We reduce the tops off the scions final rising season. After some investigation we discovered all 8 grafts had taken. These have been method grafts. A channel was dug into the naked space on the bottom of the tree, then a 2-year outdated sapling was pinned into it. After 2 years they’d fused nicely.
Previous imported Japanese Hornbeam forest from Iseli nursery. This one had lots of natural fertilizer through the years and we’re nonetheless eradicating the darkish, positive soil that creates. Though I really like natural desserts and use them once I can, we now have animal / fowl points in my backyard and I now use Osmocote for essentially the most half—which makes for cleaner repotting. I’m not absolutely in love with it (rolls off mounds, have to be counter-sunk) however there’s no high muck to take away, timber are robust, and flowering vegetation do nicely. Anyhow pretty outdated forest planting, whoever put this collectively had a positive eye. Difficult Hornbeam to develop in a pot, although, the Japanese. Korean is way stronger.