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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

Wick watering - Support your tree or pot over a container of water. Place one end of a piece of rope (approx 20 cm long and one centimeter diameter) in the container and bury the other end in the pot of soil - you can now go away on holiday.