A Wee Hornbeam

Bonsai Iterate

This little American Hornbeam, Carpinus caroliniana, is just pushing buds after this long, cold first part of spring. It’s due to be repotted. Below is how it looked before I started.

I have made a couple of changes since it was last potted, but its position seems to be focused on the separation of the two trunks rather than the best base. As I repot today, I will turn the front toward the side pictured below.

The flare of the roots from this side is a big improvement, and I like the depth created by this rotation of the trunks as well.

Let’s take a look at what’s inside the pot, shall we?

The densely packed roots are what I expected. I used a chopstick and root hook to loosen them up and remove some of the old soil.

To fit into the pot I selected, a lot of…

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