Repotting My Big Privet Bonsai

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After root-pruning the Privet bonsai; approximately 40%-50% of the rootmass was removed in total. A Privet can and will tolerate much harder pruning but for this particular tree, root pruning 50% of the rootmass was sufficient.

The longest roots, and therefore the most vigorous, were pruned back the hardest. Roots growing underneath the trunk were pruned back much harder than those roots growing on or near the soil surface. The effects of pruning the roots in this way is to balance out the strength of the rootmass as a whole by pruning the most vigorous roots hardest and the weakest roots the least.

privet bonsai

The repotted Privet bonsai; with a reduced rootball there was plenty of room for fresh soil to be introduced into the bonsai pot (which will encourage the roots to colonize the fresh soil) and the vigour of the tree will be maintained for at least another growing season.

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