Repotting and root Pruning a bonsai Weeping Willow grown from cuttings Part 3 mikbonsai

Repotting and root Pruning a bonsai Weeping Willow grown from cuttings Part 3 mikbonsai


Hello everyone today I am working on my willow trees. I have five of these and you will see two of them being worked on work will involve taking them out of the plastic pots sorting the roots out and repotting them in Korean mica pots. I will also be sorting out some of the branches as they have got very very big and long. Hello everyone this is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai and this is the first of the willow trees that I am going to be working on as you can see it has got incredibly long, look at the branches I am having to lift up to bring into the view of the camera and the first thing that we are going to do is remove the tree from its pot. Right there we go. Right I have i have cleaned the roots out and that’s how it’s come out and the reason for that is that when I potted it in that plastic pot about two-thirds of the way up I had put a little plastic sheet or a bag and to stop the roots going straight down so the roots had worked their way around the plastic sheeting so I am going to cut out these big roots and tidy up as best as I can and then we are ready to go Also remove these roots from the sides. These roots which are growing upwards take all these out This thick root not doing very much leave the smaller ones and also from the trunk remove as much of the roots as possible. I want to pull the trunk out so that is more exposed. I am combing the roots out as best as I can and then remove these, there is this really thick one so I am going to remove this one. This root here, which is that one, quite thick so that comes out and a little comb this, the rest out as best as we can so now removing the roots which are going back on itself and also growing upwards there’s another one, remove these again some more at the back, try and turn it around so you can see and I think that’s as far as I am going to go with it today. That’s quite drastic root prune and I am going to quickly repot it I’ve prepared a pot and it’s going to go into this pot here. I am going to put the cat litter that I am using as bonsai soil, works well I have used it for number of years on some expensive trees and they have done alright and that’s what made me go all out with this so we’ll place the tree and I want that to be the front so the cut is on the reverse. Audio issue for few seconds, hence the narrative It’s a time to give it a thorough soaking and after that I will continue with the pruning. I didn’t want the roots to be out of water for any longer than necessary also be in contact with the soil and water. I can see the water running clear at the bottom. I will start with this biggish branch it is very big so I’ll just turn it round and I’m going to reduce that starting initially to about here and then see if it needs further reduction so that’s the starting point and we’ll come back and see if that needs to be reduced further and same thing with this one we’ll go back to about there. this is getting too top heavy so I am going to have to do something with this. I may have to do it in two hits let’s try removing this one first and see what ? its still too straight. right that’s out Okay so that’s what it looks like I think it needs further reduction and development of new branches This tree is done. I have repotted it, pruned it and also place the rock to straighten it up a bit. Now I will work on the second tree. That’s all for now folks. Thanks for watching and to watch more please subscribe. This is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai, and now for the afterthought why did the old man fall in the well because he couldn’t see that well. You dig !

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