Cherry Trees : A simple re-pot but no root prune

I have 3 different cherry tree seedlings I got at the beginning of last year. I decided since they grew very well over last summer that I would check the root ball and see if they were in need of re-potting. They were indeed due for a re-pot however I decided that I would just put them in a bigger training pot and not disturb the root ball. I am hoping that this gives the roots more room to grow and might help thicken up the trunk and branches a little. I do not have the option to put them in the ground. They may even be able to go all of this year and next year without needing a rework and should give them plenty of time to grow. Eventually several years down the road they will be very nice and beautiful bonsai especially when they flower. 

Yoshino Cherry

Yoshino Cherry trees get clusters of white flowers and have a slight weeping to their branch structure.

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Going from small nursery pot to bigger training pot.

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Healthy full root mass.

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In training pot with some fresh bonsai soil surrounding previous undisturbed root mass.

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Buds just starting to break open.

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A week or 2 later with fresh leaves and flower clusters.

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Kwanzan Cherry 

Kwanzan Cherry trees get clusters of pink flowers and have a typical straight growth habit into an umbrella style form. There are no flowers on the tree seedling this year like the other cherry trees which tells me it is probably a little younger.

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Smaller pot to bigger training pot. The tree is slightly to tall for my liking. 

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About 6 inches chopped off the top.

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Young surface roots.

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In training pot with some fresh bonsai soil surrounding previous undisturbed root mass.

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Buds starting to break open.

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A week later and some fresh young leaves. I am hoping that some branching structure starts to form this year. 

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Close-up of the new leaves.

Weeping Cherry 

This weeping cherry has clusters of white flowers that are pinkish inside. As the name states, they grow main branches that have all small branches hanging down like a weeping willow tree. Just much more beautiful when in bloom 🙂

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As before, going into bigger training pot.

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In training pot with some fresh bonsai soil surrounding previous undisturbed root mass.

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Buds breaking open.

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A week or 2 later with fresh leaves and flower clusters.

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White flowers with a pinkish interior.

And of course as long as I’m still alive and this blog is still here I will have updated post for these trees as they grow and are trained into bonsai.

Thanks for reading!

4 thoughts on “Cherry Trees : A simple re-pot but no root prune”

      1. I was actually thinking about doing a “cut n grow” method with the weeping and yoshino and potentially wiring the kwanzan. But if I wire the kwanzan it wont be until I start to get some branch structures.

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