Note: You can find an earlier post from 2007 on this tree HERE.

Hi, everybody,

here is the short version of the repotting story of my Mugo uncinata.

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Above:  The tree had no roots what so ever to hold it up when I planted it in this plastic container, but luckily it had on bought sides two thick deadwood roots sticking out that I could use to secure it tightly to the rim of the pot! The one on the left side was removed a couple of years ago, leaving only the one on the right to hold the tree in place. Because a lot of roots were even showing through the soil surface, I took a chance to cut the one on the right and repot the tree into the Tokoname pot that, until a few hours ago,  the “SWAN” used as a home.

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            Above: Cutting the roots free from the side of the pot.

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Above: Lifting the tree to one side to free it from the pot. Look at my anxious face! 🙂 

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I could not believe my luck! Look at a number of new roots the tree had managed to produce out off noting!

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Above: Close up of the only old root that this tree had when I repotted it the first time, all the others had been cut and sawed off by the ….. that collected it!

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  Above: Close up of the cutoff remains of the one and only root this tree had when I repotted it the first time! It is so amazing that this tree survived and is doing so well!

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  Above: Look how nice all these new roots have grown around that supporting block of wood in the middle.

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 Above: Lifting it up to put it into its new pot had to be don really carefully. All these roots you see here are really young and thin, and there was a serious change that they could break off when they were not enough supported by me!

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Above: I find it still amazing how many roots this old survivor has produced from nothing!

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Above: This is how the tree produced all these new roots, they grow out of the bark that was covered under the soil line, amazing isn’t it?!

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              Above: Working the soil in between the roots with a chopstick.

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          Above: Still working the soil in between the roots with a chopstick.


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              Above: Happy happy happy, happy happy happy! 🙂

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Above: Because the planting angle is changed so much, I had to reposition one of the main branches. I used a wood clamp to bring the thick branch into place, then I secured it with a wire to another thick branch to hold it in place.

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Above: I am really pleased with how the tree looks for now. From now on it will only receive a lot of T.L.C!

Next year I will start working on the foliage and at the end of that same year I will start working on the deadwood and rewire the tree.

The longer version of this story will be posted soon on my Karamotto Bonsai site!

 It is a real honour to work on such a miracle of mother nature, it makes me realise how lucky I am!

Hope you like this amazing tree just as much as I do?!


Hans van Meer.





  1. Hallo Hans

    Ik ben mijn meer aan het verdiepen in de bonsai wereld en zou graag een curces willen volgen geef je die ook??
    je heb hele mooie bonsai’s .
    je heb ook een hele mooie site mooie foto’s.

    groet danny kuijs.


  2. I’ll take two Hans ;o)

    Have watched this from the beginning. Not only is this an amazing piece of art…but is a testament to your artistic and technical skill. Well done!

    Cheers, Tom


  3. Thank you guys, for your nice words!
    Justin, sorry no. All my pictures I show are brought down to this size, that is also used for my website. This size means that they can be clearly seen with out having to open a picture every time.
    Danny, ik heb momenteel geen lessen gepland omdat ik op mijn rug operatie zit te wachten. Als dit allemaal goed afloopt begin ik weer met workshops, via mijn blog word dit dan bekent gemaakt.
    Thanks Tom, that means a lot to me!
    Hans van Meer.


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