Repotting and root Pruning a Bonsai Weeping Willow – Part 3

Repotting and root Pruning a Bonsai Weeping Willow – Part 3

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Videos in this play list show the whole process from the start.

For some time I had wanted to bonsai a Weeping Willow tree. I could not get a cutting. I mentioned this to a friend who is a professional gardener and within a couple of weeks he delivered a long branch he had saved for me from pruning a big willow tree.

I removed the foliage and the tertiary branches. After that the long branch was cut into four small pieces and left to stand in water in a large watering can.

About four weeks later, all four cutting had developed fine roots and plenty of new green foilage.

It is at this stage that I decided to plant them in plastic nursery pots. About 60% of the pot is filled with horticultural grit, then I have placed a plastic bag, folded and shaped to fit into the pot and sit above the grit. This is the first time I have done this and I am hoping that the roots will develop horizontally as opposed to downwards. I have used ordinary compost to fill the rest of the pot with a cutting in each pot.

The willow tree roots love to be in water and for this reason I have placed the pots in a tray which has at least one inch of water at all times. This was done in the summer three years ago and is in Part 1.
A year and half later they had developed a fair amount of foliage and I repotted them and also pruned them. The Root system was also developing very nicely and they were repotted and pruned. This is covered in the second video – Part 2.



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Bonsai Branch Bender

This bender is very helpful as you become more advanced in bonsai. This tool is very adjustable and will easily handle tree trunks up to an inch. They are very low priced and can be left in place. I did a short demo video on this bender. Watch the Bonsai Branch Bender demo video.

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A good pair of Bonsai Knob Cutters is essential for advanced bonsai artistry. These tools are great for gettting in close and removing small buds, branchs, gins, and inperfections. This is a high quality pair and is made from carbon steel.

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