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Overpotted Trees

Q: I have often been told that my trees are overpotted. How can I avoid this and what advantages are there to potting any other way?

A: If you have been told that your trees are overpotted then your trees are indeed so. I can understand how you feel in wanting to give your trees a safe amount of soil for them to survive in but this should not be done to the detriment of the overall artistic appearance.

So to answer your question as to how you can avoid it, my suggestion is that you should strive for correct balance between root and foliage which in turn will give you a chance to choose a more suitable pot. The advantages are overwhelming for you will have learned an important though basic rule to Bonsai. People will be viewing your trees with aahs and ooh's instead of oh's and remember the health of your tree is up to you.

 

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Random Bonsai Tip

To thicken thin branches make a cut just below the branch or a bud on the branch. The sugars produced in the leaves of the tree move down to the roots through the phloem, this flow of sap is interrupted by the cut and the accumulation of sugars above the cut increases the vigour as it is used by the bud, forcing it into action. As soon as the wound heals the normal sap flow resumes.