A Case Study for Applying the Water and Sugar Equations – Repotting the Risky Rose

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Source: Ry2Tree2 Bonsai Blog.

Source material: 3/19/2021            Hola bonsai amigos! Today is a great day because not only does your friendly neighborhood microbiologist (me!) receive his second Covid vaccine dose, but my immunized arms also come bearing another present to the bonsai community. As spring continues to march on, so too does the blog's coverage of my giant rosebush bonsai – this time the rose's latest repot reveals two fundamental equations of life to consider when manipulating bonsai or any plant.            The "Risky Rose" was the second major repot I did this year; returning readers will recall from last week's post that this operation involved another of the largest trees in my collection – a yardadori/landscape origin rosebush turned bonsai. As discussed in the previous post, now that the tree has recovered several years after its initial transplanting, endured a cross-country move, and survived its first Ohio winter, our rose has definitely earned renewed attention this year. For now, I'm calling it the "Risky Rose" because it needed severe root reduction in order to change its planting angle and lift the upper half of the trunk out of the pot. Read on to understand the motivations behind this bold action, including what steps were taken to ensure this radical root reduction could be done safely.            As with my last repotting post, "Repotting The Monster Mulberry – Revisiting the Basics", this repot was done with the help of my friend in the Columbus Bonsai Society, Kevin. Thanks, Kevin!Sections1. History of the Risky Rose (Last post)2. Current Repot…

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