Acer Palmatum Rootwork and Repot

Scratch Bonsai

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Time to undertake some major rootpruning on this Japanese Maple.  The main consideration was pruning away an ugly raised surface root and also reducing the depth of the rootball so that the tree would sit better in the ceramic pot it was taken out of last year.

DSC_0153 nebari from the front

DSC_0154 ugly root from the side

DSC_0155 back view of root to be removed

Other raised roots were removed two years ago because I felt there was a better nebari hiding underneath the soil level and so the job was finished today, along with shortening the long roots at the front.

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Over time, I’ll work to reduce the spider leg appearance of the nebari but this can be masked by moss in the short term.

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When combing out I discovered long circling roots within the rootmass, presumably from when the tree was rootbound in a much smaller pot in the past…

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