Prepping bonsai for the spring growing season is full of fun tasks, each paying off as the season advances.
Before repotting, consider style and aesthetics. Bonsai pots are typically shallow, of course. Pots types and styles are quite varied, and may be round, rectangular, oval, or cascade styles. Pot materials vary as well, and may be glazed or unglazed. Glazed pots can be quite colorful, and can be used to create specific effects.
The rule of thumb for choosing pots is that a deciduous flowering is best suited for a complementary glazed pot, while a conifer or evergreen shows best in a unglazed pot. Tropical bonsai (houseplants,) typically live in glazed pots. All rules are meant to be broken, however, and some deciduous plants with berries or colorful fall foliage are also beautiful in glazed pots. The style of the pot also has a big influence on the final look of the bonsai. There are masculine and feminine styles of plants and pots.
Repotting is usually an easy task, but has specific techniques that need to be followed to insure the safety and health of the plant.
If you should miss the winter window for working on your plants all is not lost. However, don’t do any major work on your plants, especially root and limb pruning, after around the end of March. This timing does depend on how warm your early spring is and how hot it’s likely to be in summer.
In central Virginia, March 1 is to be 84 degrees, a record! The low March 3 is predicted to be 22. That’s tough on plants. I’ll bring mine into the garage before the big temp dip. Last weekend we had hail. A crazy weather year ’round here!
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