Repotting a Bonsai: Viburnum 2018

Repotting a Bonsai: Viburnum 2018


Welcome to Appalachian Bonsai!
Today is going to be a video from last spring that I’m only now getting ready
to edit. Thank you for your patience while I finish this school business, and
I hope you have a really Happy New Year. Welcome to Appalachian Bonsai. This is the basement edition,
since I can’t go outside and play. We have this viburnum here,
which we collected two years ago up in the top of my field, and it’s
recovered extremely well since that time. It’s had a lot of growth since then.
You’ve seen several of the update videos, and now we’ve put it into a brand new pot.
The root system looks beautiful. Let’s take a look at that. Look at that, ladies and gentlemen. Very strong. That’s good! I’m cleaning out this soil from the
roots, so that way, we can see how those roots have progressed over the last two
years. I can do a lot of this with my hands as opposed to using the chopstick.
I kind of like the feel of dirt. I always have. So, this feels pretty good. It’s nice
to get with a chopstick if you have some areas that are tough, especially
areas that are fully compacted with roots and soil. Like that.
There, now you can tease it out. Oh, yeah, that’s good. It’s the first time we’ve seen the roots since we
transplanted this out of the ground and I’m really excited to… Look at all that
growth – whoa! Last year, when we took this pot out of the winter bed it had a lot
of these growing from the base of the pot and we had to clip those in order to
get the pot off the ground. So I knew it was strong then. Okay. Let’s prune some of this up. Boy, isn’t that nice. Just kind of going around and pruning
the long ones like this. Anything that’s hanging down way low,
we can remove a lot of those. It’ll help it sit a little lower into the pot. Let’s look on top now. We had a dead spot on the back of the tree over here and we hoped to promote root
growth. You can probably… maybe you can see… that this is the area and we’ve
got good roots coming out. We’re okay, ladies and gentlemen. Yeah, there’s the dead spot, right there. There’s no roots growing
directly up underneath this line, but we have roots just off to the side. Those
will fill in very nicely, I hope. I don’t mind a little shake as long
as I’m not damaging this bark. I think I’m doing an okay job. This root right here is okay.
It’s growing outward and away. This root underneath is a little awkward.
It’s kind of growing in between them and it’s going down that direction.
I will remove that. If I can get in there. There we go. [dog bumping door]
Rocky! No! I could probably reduce this by quite a bit but I like
how compact that is. This root appears to be the main problem
from this viewing direction. It’s just rests so high from this view. From this view, it’s not a problem.
It’s a kind of in line with these other three. We’ll just have to make sure
that’s positioned well in the pot. Looks good! Sure. That little extra mound is so… whenever I
press the tree into the pot it’ll come up underneath, and when I squish it down
it should hopefully fill in some of the areas and the air gaps below. It can be hard to get your chopstick
underneath on this side of the tree So let’s see how
this works this time. There we go. Alright. Like that. Make sure you position your tree
the way you want to, Hopefully I can… let’s see if I
can work from this direction… A quick and easy twist I’ll prune that back. Let’s try this next one. Maybe you can see a little bit
better if I do this. Give that a quick prune. It’s still loose in the pot. Adjust your tree. This is leaning a little bit that way. It’s hard to see because of my camera angle,
but it’s leaning back this way. I want to move it forward a little bit. I’m going to tighten that down. Pull and twist. Because it’s still got a little bit of a
lean, what I’m going to do is, I’m going to take some soil, I’m going to lift this up
a little bit on the backside, and I’ll work some soil in underneath. There. It’s kind of holding itself for the time being. I can tighten this up.
Pull and twist. It feels good without cranking too hard on it.
That’s nice. Push these down out of the way and let’s go ahead and add soil. Work your way from the base outward. You can chop it in and out of the roots. You can wiggle a little bit and
watch that soil work its way down. It shouldn’t take you too long,
especially once you start getting in a little bit of a rhythm. Add some more soil.
Let’s come on this side. And we chop in here. Work the soil down into the roots. I can feel… especially as I’m getting down here… that some of the roots are gonna start to peel up. That’s why I’m putting pressure on top
with my hand. Trying to work the soil in without popping those roots back up. We have this exposed root. This is that high root I was talking about. It might be okay, so what I’m gonna do… Your see where it’s up? Try to press that back in with a chopstick. I still have other roots down here need to get. You can actually feel the soil and the roots move down. My fingers are moving down with it. That’s good. You don’t need to dump all of it on at once.
Work a little bit at a time. [dog bark] Sorry for the dog noises. They
want to play. This soil mixture is a combination of, we’ll say, three scoops of Turface,
three scoops of, no, two scoops of diatomaceous earth, and three scoops of
pine bark, with half a scoop of coarse mason’s sand. All of these components have been sifted to try to remove as much dust as possible as well as the largest particles that I could. Not bad everybody.This is looking good. Alright, let’s tighten up the bottom and then we will water it, while getting wet in the rain. Thank you very much, everyone, for your
patience. I hope to have more videos for soon. Like and Subscribe, because there is more to come. Happy New Year,
and thanks for watching!

82 thoughts on “Repotting a Bonsai: Viburnum 2018

  1. Thats a good looking tree now…hope to see more of it in the future… its not a big deal if your uploads are a little bit late… we understand that you are schooling right now….but still you can manage editing those videos… goodjob keep it up…BTW those root systems are very healthy… Im sure this will become one of your best bonsai trees..☺

    Happy New Year !!!

  2. I was really surprised to see you posting again so soon. I hope your school work is progressing well— working in an MS? I can’t wait for you to get back to doing the videos again, been missing them here in Asheville. What species hawthorn is that? I collected a black haw last spring and it didn’t make it, really a surprise.

  3. Happy new year Ben!!! I really like your Videos….nice to see new stuff from you. go on and have a great Year in 2019

  4. Ok……not to start a flame war but here goes: (takes a deep breath) is turface a suitable substitute for akadama?

  5. Aira con subtítulos muy bueno 😎👍🏻 (well now with subtitles in Spanish much better 😎👍 )

  6. Great to see you drop a vid. Happy new year. Question. Is it legal to pull over on the freeway and collect wild growing trees?? Haha serious question. 😀

  7. Thanks for sharing  we have bonsais in training [ 5 to 10 years old ] mainly ash, maple and  some cotoneaster ,, an enjoyable hobby ,, don't do FB or others just YT ,,happy new year from SOUTH DERBYSHIRE, UK,,.

  8. Great to see an update after so long! Mind I ask what soil mix you're using now after all that great research in 2017?

  9. Happy New Year ,belatedly. I was wondering what happened to the bark near the top of the tree? I can't tell if it was intentional or something nibbled on it.

  10. This is one of my favorites on your tree collecting videos, happy to see an improvement… and it looks nice in that new pot..thank you for tbis update . looking forward for next update… se yahh…☺☺

  11. Nice. I'm not telling you, but asking you if you let more branches grow from the bottom, would it develops more taper? Or just scar up the trunk? Or maybe a sacrifice branch somewhere. Ah! That's why I don't do bonsai any more. But you are tweeking my interest.

  12. posso sapere che pianta è. noto che addoperi spesso quel terriccio di cosa e composto grazie e buona domenica non riccordo il tuo nome ok ciao.

  13. Just found your videos today!! I inspire to be as creative and patient with my life as you are when I’m older!

  14. hope school is going good. love the vids been waiting for a bunch to watch from ya. spring is now here in wisco, and time to do some work.

  15. hello.. nice job! Question: Can I dig up a Japanese Maple ( approx. 3-4' high) in my garden and plant as you did to grow indoors (NYC)? Thanks Joe

  16. Hi, I'm trying to rip off the tree is not rooting like yours, how do you use a mixture of soil, you can write the mixture admiring watching your videos goodbye

  17. Just recently found you and subbed. I have watched your vids and would be interested in where you purchase your supplies.(update: found your soil info) wire and pots? I am new to bonsai and don't have lots of money to invest. I am doing the "poor" bonsai techniques 🙂 I'm in Ohio

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