I didn’t touch this choujubai for months and it is growing well. It is time to replant it to reduce its roots. In this occasion I cut off the “Hikobae” as well.
This is current situation.
The green branches are new ones, which grew from this spring.
This is “Hikobae” part. It is growing well, too. As you see, new bud, which will be a branch, is also growing.
This is the flower bud, but it withered and died unfortunately…
I didn’t water for two days in order to dry the soil so that it is easier to take out from the pot.
Removing the soil..
Now it is out of the pot. It is full of the small roots. From now, remove all the soil gently.
Slowly, slowly,, be patient to remove the soil.
I found a swelling in the end of the root. This is “cancer” and must be removed.
Here as well. I found many of them, so I cut off all of them.
A black pine which grew together with choujubai. Where did it come from…?
Most of the soil has taken off. So many small roots as you see.
“Hikobae”. I’ll cut off the runner, connected to main root and remove “Hikobae”.
Cut. Now I’ll loosen the small roots and remove “Hikobae”.
Done! the root is not so interesting shape.. I’ll use it later so put it in the water so far.
Soooo many cnacers! I cut off all of them.
This is the base of the tree. Quite thick. This time I’ll replant it with this part above the soil.
I cut off and reduced the roots. There’re some interesting thick roots, so I kept them.
I put rooting accelarator at the cutting of the roots. I’m not sure it works or not.. but anyway.
After putting some soil and fertilizer, decide where and which direction to plant the tree.
Add soil into the gaps, between roots and everywhere. Poke the soil with something like toothpick and make it come into the gaps.
Finished. Give a lot of water and the tree will be stable.
Base of the tree looks like this. More roots are above the soil than before. I wish more Hikobae will grow from the roots.
Thin roots will be withered, but hope these roots will be fatter quickly, since they are on surface.
Now, keep watering often, since a lot of roots (especially thin ones) were cut off. I really wish new (thin) roots will grow.