2 day’s ago, the weather forecast predicted that last Sunday would be a day full of rain. But when I woke up that morning, it was lovely weather! So I immediately phoned my friend/student Ed van der Reek and asked if he could help me to repot my old Larch named “XL”. He made it to my house in just under half an hour! This repotting was I bid of a gamble for me, pot size wise that is. I collected this massive old tree with a large compact rootball, that way the tree has a greater chance of survival and it recovered just fine! But there is one problem with this technique and that is that you don’t know what is hidden in that rootball. It could be filled with large roots! So you can imagine that selecting a proper sized pot was a bit of a gamble. Well, the rootball proved to be OK and not too much large roots had to be removed to fit “XL” in the smallest and best-suited one of the 3 pots that I had selected! This is a beautiful pot made by my good friend Brian Allbright. Here are some impressions of that wonderful and exciting repotting.
Above: Backside of the tree. Removing the plastic container with a power saw. This way the rootball will stay intact.
Above: Now that the rim of the container is removed, we carefully starting to work our way inward.
Above: This root was a bit bigger than I thought!
Above: Almost all the old mountain soil was removed. And a lot of rocks as well!
Above: Birdseye view of “XL”. I am really happy with the way it ramification looks! Next year, I plan to show “XL” for the very first time and by then it’s ramification will look even better with this coming season’s new finer growth added to these almost fixed branches.
Ed and I had a lovely and exciting Bonsai day! At the end of the day I was really tired, but it was good to do some serious work again! I hope that “XL” will do well in its new home and I can’t wait to finally show it next year!
Hans van Meer.