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This Buxus came from an old garden and is probably over 100 years old. This picture was taken a few weeks after he had been dug out and potted in a wooden box.

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Two years later, the Buxus out of the wooden crate. The tree has a lot of new growth and the longest branches were shortened. The tree was ready for transport to our place for a workshop.

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Two years after the first workshop. The tree is ready for a first branch selection and wiring.

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After the branch selection and wiring we did half a repotting. We let the outside untouched and renewed  soil inside around the trunk. This is the last step before choosing the final pot.


Another three years later, the tree in its first stage of maturity and ready to be exhibited. Here he presented at one of the “Ginkgo Bonsai Awards”.


Another ten years later. There is lots of work to be done. In the beginning pruning of Buxus is easy, as long as you prune it makes new shoots at the back and it remains compact. But to create a beautiful Buxus and achieve a natural looking tree by pruning, there is a lot more to be done.


At the same time thinning and selecting the best branches. Looking for a certain height of the branch ramification and keep this height standard for the entire branch. Show the age of the underside of the branches and show the age of the tree while cleaning out all the branches. Easier said than done, because this is not an easy job.


We are half way our pruning and we achieve an older image. This technique, we need to repeat 3 to 4 years, depending on the circumstances. Then we can talk about a finished tree with a mature image at higher level.

Workshop impression.


Repottings are now a daily job. More and more people are choosing for “Two to One” workshops which is better for the tree because then we have time to look at all the aspects and see what can be improved during repotting. Sometimes it takes 20 minutes before we achieve the correct position fixed in the pot. A slight movement of the tree if not fixed yet and we have a different front and different total image.



My main goal is to get the best out of each tree and if therefore I get the time it works perfect.


Now we have time after the repotting to reposition the branches if necessary.


In some cases, such as this Acer palmatum it is just looking for the best possible front side of the tree, with seven possibilities for a good front.



Finding the best possible front side that makes the tree a little more special.



We come to the end of the workshop season. Thanks to the weather our repotting season seems to be longer than normal. Because the amount of work in our business  there is during the day no time to plan more additional workshops; only on evenings if needed.


Improvement by repotting.


The Juniperus Itoigawa on the right is the tree where we are going to talk about. This tree has to be improved while repotting. The movement of the trunk is too close to the ground surface and the angle will be changed a little. We will pot the tree higher in his pot and change the angle a little. These small differences during the building up of a tree must be done step by step and so make progress every time.


We have a big difference in the roots compared with the last repotting of this tree. There are more compact, fine roots close to the base. That was why we had potted the tree deeper by previous repotting. We achieved a good result and we can now plant the tree higher as it should.


Small work, took just one year extra time,  but as result a big detail improvement for this chu-hin Itoigawa. This is why paying attention during repottings each time is necessary. Sometimes you can make improvements in one time and sometimes it needs to be done in two steps. Everything depends on the quality of the roots and the health of the tree.