Repotting Chojubai in Summer

Michael Hagedorn

Ten years ago I had several articles about Chojubai translated from Japanese magazines. In one of them a professional reported his preference for repotting in summer. I was surprised and a bit skeptical. Having since experimented with repotting Chojubai at various times of the year, I agree that this small quince does respond marvelously to summer repotting.

If you wish to repot in summer, first prune and trim. Then the quince is defoliated. And then it’s repotted, without bare rooting. This is the method offered by the professional who prefers summer repotting, and is the one I show below.


Defoliating a Chojubai in preparation for a summer repot. Spring shoots were cut off first. 


Only about 1/3 of the root mass was removed before placing in a new box. Try to keep a good ball of roots on these quince. And be careful of overwatering until you see buds. 

I don’t recommend doing aggressive…

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