Re potting from a large container to a small container

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  1. Otto Bjornson

    Otto Bjornson Well-Known Member

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    chilliwack BC, Canada
    This is the time of year that we re pot many of our container grown specimens. This year we decided to take a couple of our very old trees and re pot them into a much smaller pot. I took our acer palmatum "Pixie" out of its half oak barrel container ( it has been in there for approx 20 years now). the tree itself is approx 30 years old since I grafted it.
    The oak barrel was barely holding itself together with plenty of rotten pieces so it took only a few minutes to remove all the wood. I then took my "root cutting saw" and cut the sides and then the base into a 1 foot cube ( 30" cm).
    Then place the tree in a 15 gallon nursery pot which is approx 1/3 the size of the former oak barrel.
    My back always thanks me when we scale back the pot size!

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  2. AlainK

    AlainK Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    nr Orléans, France (E.U.)
    Good job!

    Oh, how I understand : I used to buy terracota pots, but now when I repot, I use plastic ones.

    Firstly, they're easier to move, secondly, when they get the sun terracota pots, especially when "varnished" keep the heat during the night, I don't think maples like that.

    I still have some very nice pots, but I keep them in the shade, like this 'Jerre Schwartz" :


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