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Repotting Services

At least once every couple of years, all bonsai need repotting. Small or shallow-potted bonsai should be repotted once a year. We repot bonsai every year or two to keep the plant from becoming pot bound.

The plants you cultivate as Bonsai will either be Deciduous (lose their leaves in the winter) or Evergreen (keep their leaves throughout the year). Depending on their category, plants should be repotted at different times of the year.

Steps of repotting a bonsai:
  • We pull the plant out of the pot and use a rake to pluck out the root system. Then, using a root pruner, we cut up to 1/3 of the root system straight across the bottom and sides.
  • Cut some gauze and lay it over the drainage holes, securing it with a little piece of wire in the pot's base. The gauze will enable the water to drain while keeping the potting mix in place.
  • Simply slide the two ends of a length of wire up through the drainage hole until they reach the top of the root system, then draw them tight and twist them together at the tree's centre. Remove any extra wire.
  • However, before tying in your bonsai, fill the bonsai pot approximately a third of the way with fresh bonsai potting mix with a slow-release fertiliser. Place your tree slightly off-centre in the pot, and make sure the base of the trunk is over the rim. Then use the tie wire that was previously put into the drainage hole to secure your bonsai. Once the root ball is secure, add extra potting mix to the top and sides.
  • By pressing in with a chopstick, get as much of the fresh potting mix as possible intergraded with the root system. Finish by tamping down the surface with the flat end of your rake or a spatula after the potting mix feels solid until there are no large air spaces. Make sure there's a 1 cm space between the top edge of your pot and the top of your bonsai, so it doesn't roll over when you water it.
  • Giving your bonsai some Seasol after repotting immediately stimulates the root system, causing it to begin aggressively generating new feeder roots in the potting mix. Mix with water according to the instructions on the package and water your bonsai using a watering can or submerge it in a tub. For the next month, continue this process every two weeks.