A good rootball is fun to work with. This is especially true for varieties that produce fine roots like Yaupon holly. After removing the tree from its pot and starting to comb through the roots, I found it easy to sculpt the rootball into the exact shape I wanted. This makes repotting easy as the rootball can be pruned to fit the pot exactly.
Wires to be clipped away before removing the tree from the pot
After removing the tree from the pot
After trimming the roots
Root work complete
With roots ready to go all that was left was to select a pot. But which pot to use? It turns out I had a lot of options for this tree, and once I got started, Boon contributed several more to try. The candidates are below – I’ll post the one I selected Friday. Your favorites?
If you haven’t made plans for this weekend, come to Bay Island Bonsai’s 15th annual exhibit at the Lakeside Garden Center in Oakland, CA. Admission is free! And while you’re there, stop by the Golden State Bonsai Federation’s Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt to see some of the oldest and most outstanding trees in the area.
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