Back to Basics, Working with Raw Material

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

Now that most of the early season re-potting is over, it leaves me with a little more time to study the collected material which lives at the back of my garden, to carry out some basic maintenance on it and to seek out the potential hidden within it.

The 2 pieces that I am looking at today were collected from my garden last year and featured in a blog post at that time.

The first is a Lonicera Nitida. As the first picture shows, it didn’t have many roots, when collected so it was planted deep in a large plastic pot to grow more.

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One year on, we can see that it has put on a considerable amount of top growth

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When it was removed from the pot and the old compost based soil washed off, you can see that it has a much stronger root system this year. It can now be…

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