Here’s an example of an exposed root azalea that has been bare-rooted.
Exposed root ‘Korin’ satsuki azalea – 19″ from top to bottom
These trees can be tricky to repot as they lack a solid rootball to tie down.
One of the best ways to secure trees with good roots but no rootball is with a chopstick. After fitting a chopstick through solid roots, we now have a good way to tie the tree into the pot.
Chopstick for securing the tree into the pot
This approach to repotting is fast and can save on wire as the tie-down wires only need to be long enough to cross over the chopstick.
Wire securing the chopstick
After securing the tree
I potted the tree toward the bottom of the pot to make sure all of the fine roots were covered.
Fine roots covered with soil
Here’s the tree after repotting.
Have other suggestions for repotting exposed root azaleas that have been bare-rooted? Share them below!
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Cesar Lopez says
Which soil is being used ? Would this be similar soil for a Eugenia?
Jonas Dupuich says
Hi Cesar! The soil is 100% kanuma, a common approach for satsuki azaleas. For Eugenia, I’d use an all purpose bonsai mix with akadama, though they might do well with some kanuma as well. Sounds like it could be a good experiment. Thanks!