Repotting recently grafted young pines is just like repotting non-grafted pines, only additional care is taken to avoid damaging the union.
Grafted cork bark black pine
After removing the pot
Note the white spot – there are signs of root adelgid infestation. For those curious to see how mycorrhiza differs in appearance from adelgid infestation, see below.
Mycorrhiza – and lots of it
Simply coming out the roots cleared away most of the affected area so I didn’t spray pesticides to address the adelgids.
After combing out the roots
I planted the pine in a colander.
Nestling the tree onto a mound of soil.
Once the tree was in place, I tied it in and added more soil. Using chopsticks, I worked the new soil in between the roots.
Before chopstick work
After chopstick work – notice the level of the soil has dropped
I then added soil to fill the pot and tamped it into place.
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