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Repot of Pagoda Dogwood

Bonsai Workshop

I personally don’t like growing in garden soil. I’ve had very good experience growing material in bonsai soil in colanders. When I got this dogwood last season, it was already mid summer, so it wasn’t the opportune time to repot. This spring, I decided to repot it into a colander with bonsai soil to help it along.

Pagoda Dogwood Roots

The tree had several big roots, with the fine roots far from the trunk. It is certainly in no condition to be put into a small bonsai pot, since the feeder roots are way too far out. The hope is that, with root pruning and growing in the airy colander, it’ll develop some fine root system closer to the trunk.

Pagoda Dogwood Front

I was pleasantly surprised to find the trunk have pretty good movement. According to the roots, this is a good candidate for the front of the tree. Later on, when I actually repot…

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