How to Make Bonsai soil at Home | Bonsai soil for Beginners | Bonsai soil Mix //GREEN PLANTS

Welcome to all today i’m going to show you how to make a bonsai soil now adding four main ingredients are lava rock, fine gravel or pumice, compost and coco peat or peat moss first adding two part lava rock if there is dusty or sandy, sift it as well next adding two part of fine gravel you can two part fine gravel or pumice for good water and air circulation next adding one part of compost do not add too much compost because it doesn’t aerate and drain very well you can add compost less than one part or half part next adding one part or hand full of peat moss or coco peat if you don’t have coco peat you can add dried peat moss i just add hand full of coco peat mix the all ingredients lava rock used for bonsai soil retains water and adds good structure and roots can’t grow into lava rock fine gravel used for bonsai soil well draining and aerated bonsai soil and also used as a bottom layer in bonsai pots to enhance drainage Once wet, coco peat or peat moss is a bonding agent If you don’t have time to check on your trees twice a day, add more organic potting compost and some peat moss or coco peat If you live in a wet climate, add more lava rock to enhance the draining qualities of your mixture thanks for watching

I killed my bonsai tree – Bonsai Buyer Be Aware | Dirty Bonsai Secrets Part 3

Hello everyone today we are going to eavesdrop on a conversation between two experts and a novice as to why people’s bonsai trees die so stay tuned This is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai and we are going to eavesdrop on two experts the chairman of the Chiltern Bonsai Society, one of his members and a novice and they are discussing why people’s bonsai trees die. So let’s hear what they have to say. Start from zero with no knowledge and we learn and then the tree dies, we survive the tree then the tree survives us and that’s how we learn you are happy when you rescue a tree yes, it’s not looking well but you getting better again. I had quite a number of trees I enjoyed, takes about 3, 4, 5 years Novice: One of my first trees was a fifty Pence tree, I put it in a pot, gave it a bit of a chop, its nice now. Look after it with TLC They are the hardest a lot of those because they don’t start off in very good condition any way as the soils are poorly they’ve been in dark containers not watered, not sort of so when everybody says I bought one and it died it’s not always their fault.

It was on its way out before they bought it accept if it’s in the bonsai which they put on the windowsill just survive, then they getting the sun coming through. or many years ago when they put it over the top of the television, it’s a bit more difficult when the TV is that thin. Well those were the views and thoughts of two bonsai hobbyists and experts talking to a novice. I hope you found that useful and these are particularly directed at people who are new to bonsai or buying gift trees without any knowledge of what they are getting into and the problems which lie ahead that’s all for now thanks for watching and to watch more please subscribe and hit the bell This is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai in West London until the next time.

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How to create a Bonsai tree at Home | Bonsai Trees for Beginners | Do It Yourself //GREEN PLANTS

A bonsai tree creating yourself in this video i will show the progression of this young plant first step start to clean out the tree removing dead things and remove unwanted leaves and branches after cleaning next pruning the tree before pruning your tree decide on what shape you intend to create once you have decided which branches should be removed observe your tree and decide which branches do not fit the desired design and will need to be removed prune slowly working your way up the tree start with freeing up the trunk of it if you are pruning big or large tree when pruning larger branches you need a concave cutter it’s a young plant so there is no large branches after pruning the larger branches focus on smaller branches until you are satisfied with the result pruning leaves leaves that have grown out of shape using a twin shear we prune long shoots slowly hold the branches and prune the leaves prune branches and leaves that do not fit the desired design after pruning your tree next shaping the tree start to wiring the tree selecting the proper thickness of wire In this tree I selected a 3mm thickness wire wrap the wire around the trunk branch wiring i selected a 2mm wire to wiring the branches first wrap the wire neatly in line with the previously applied 3mm wire the side branch, you can wire the smaller branch growing to the right with a 1mm wire when multiple wires are applied at the same part of the trunk or branch try to put them neatly in line and continue wiring the branch after wiring bending the wired branches after having wired the entire tree you can start bending and repositioning the branches use your hands to hold the outside of the branch with your fingers now bend the branch from the inside of the curve with your thumbs this way you reduce the risk of splitting branches by spreading the force around the outside of the branch when a branch is in position stop moving it as repeated bending will likely damage the branch bend straight sections of branches slightly to make these look more natural after wiring your tree potting in bonsai pot preparing to pot the tree first remove the old soil with a tool do not put in water to remove the soil use a tool to remove the soil carefully you can also use a chopstick to remove soil starting on the sides and bottom of the tree avoid damaging roots in the process after removing the soil next prune the roots cut away any roots that have grown too long do not prune more than 40% of all roots the tree is now ready to replace in the pot select a small size bonsai pot covering the drainage holes with mesh add a thin layer of heavy grain soil first next add another thin layer of bonsai soil place the tree in the pot and then add bonsai soil around the tree remove air pockets in the soil and fill all the air pockets around the root system use a small stick or chopstick to fill the air pockets after adding soil on the top layer add the small stones this will help to keep the soil moisture finally water the tree thoroughly place the tree in the shade and fertilize

Restoring old Hawthorn bonsai tree, How to Bonsai Hawthorn tree techniques by mikbonsai

Hello everyone today I’m going to be working on this whole phone it is another one of those rescue projects that I get involved with mystery belong to the founder member of the little one by society and he passed away a few years ago and before that he was very ill and the fries were wedged up against the garden walls and fair amount of neglect before they were sold after his death and I trusted the trees I bought the trees and I’m gradually bringing them back to their former glory hopeful got to start working on this tree and I’m going to sort out the branches it’s not of criss-crossing and just basically yet it’s got out of shape Perriman client prune it back and also reduce the long branches and because of the claims which are flying today one every minute I’m going to work on the tree and then mute the sound and set it to music like a kind laps so hopefully that will work Oh you you for today I’ll do a quick turn is quite a big tree and quite savvy to turn so do the best I can that’s the front and believe it at that there’s still a few branches which are I’m not happy with which will need to be removed I think I’ll let it develop and then we’ll tackle the rest of it that’s it for now thanks for watching this is equal con formic online investment until the next time and now for the afterthought that’s a father I have sinned I have been a loose girl please cause is that you little joint aghanim yes Father it is and who’s the girl you are ways i cannot tell your father I do not want to with the replication well Julie I am shoot for an alternate sooner or later so you may as well tell me how was it Tina me Niki I cannot see was it the Restless the Rosie I’ll never tell what it needed to tell I’m sorry but I cannot mean or the Cathy they are no when lets us see you’d rather well then was it rolls are D’Angelo please father I cannot tell you the priest sighs in frustration you’re very tight-lipped Joey and I admire that but you have saved and you have to a told you cannot be acquired by performance now go and behave yourself joy goes back to its view and his friends uncle slide forward to him investors what did you get for transportation and five excellent leads dick

English Elm Bonsai Progression – The English Elm Bonsai Tree – Part 2

Hello everyone today we are looking at my English Elm Bonsai tree and the update is on the upper part and the lower part which were air layered and separated. The upper part is being grown as a tree on its own and the lower parts are being grown as a raft style. I last worked on it this time three years ago. So three years on the tree and the raft style are coming along quite nicely and we’ll take a look at both of them shortly.

So be sure to watch the whole video. So stay tuned. Hey it’s me Iqbal Khan, if you have not yet subscribed to mikbonsai then click the subscribe button and hit the bell icon to subscribe and receive notifications as I upload new videos. This is the front and the upper part of the air layered tree and three years ago that’s when it was done and this is where I carved it exactly three years ago and as you can see it’s starting to callus over, be interesting to see what happens when it gets to the to the end I suppose it will probably go inwards and turning the tree also some carving work was done at the top and all the way down to the side and along here and all this V was created and then this bark was removed and as you can see it’s healing over quite nicely starting to callus and it won’t be too long before it’s, the callousing comes to the end of the V.

That is the top of the pot and it’s full of debris and weeds so I’m going to start tidying it up and remove all these weeds and debris these are all weeds so I’ll remove these and also the debris this that leaves not from this tree but from neighboring trees and other few bits and pieces which trees drop and I’ll be removing all these and tidy up the pot take another look at the tree and then I’ll be doing some work with the top and I’ll carry on with this and we’ll catch up shortly.

I have cleaned the soil and freed it of debris and weeds so the green that you see is a bit of moss and I’ll give it a quick turn so you can see that the pot has been thoroughly tidied up and also the actual pot has been cleaned and I’ve always maintained that the job is not done if the pot has been cleaned so that’s turning the other way and that’s the front of the tree. We are now looking into the canopy of the tree and branches which are crossing or fighting with each other I’m going to remove and in this instance it is this branch here that I’m going to remove as I want this to develop a little bit more up here so this will be removed to make room for the other one and here we go that’s it that’s out I’ll go back in and clean it up a bit more make it flush cut looks a bit better here, where as before they were too close and just too much going on and it’s also not good for the branches lower down, as the Sun doesn’t get through.

`I have made a start working on the tree at the top the canopy, reducing, removing the dead branches and then also reducing the branches to create a much better canopy so we are basically reducing that and I’ll just go round the tree and see what else needs to be done firstly removing the dead branches. I’m going to start thinning out the foliage by pruning the leaves and again using the directional pruning method so as not to do too much wiring etc to shape it. I’m continuing with the removal of the dead stumps and dead branches and also shorting the branches, I am now going to remove this part of the branch up to about here that’s that one and this lower one will go back to about there that’s off and basically to bring the tree in, tighten it up a bit more the branches are a bit too long and I like to do the work slowly take it easy and that way gives me a chance to revisit the tree from time to time and do additional work that is necessary.

I am working to create a look where the lower branches such as this one here are longer than the upper branches and gradually work my way up that’s the strategy so I’m going to reduce this first to here, then take a look, no this is virtually same sort of length so I’ll reduce it back a bit more, to about there and now this this one will be reduced as its higher than that one and we’ll do it in two phases to start with and we’ll see how that looks and this branch here we’ll reduce it to about there and it makes a very big difference although its a few inches long but as we work towards the apex the tree is being gradually pulled in and it’ll make a denser canopy and I can see it it’s already coming along quite nicely this branch here where my hand is, just above this branch here I’m going to shorten the top one again to create that layered effect so we will take this back to where there is a few leaves coming off of it so I’ll get back to about there and now that really opens up the lower branch and again the one which is doubling back, we’ll remove that part there and also leaf prune it so that give it a little bit more of a directional prune.

Stand back and take a look, little bit better, now there are other bits which are sticking out so that’s the only way to stand back have a look, this bit is sticking out so I’m gonna reduce that to about there and have another look and also prune some of this thick foliage Dead branches come off and continue with clipping and directional pruning so it grows in a certain direction continue to move up wards, now I’m going to reduce this branch to there then we have again differential in height and this one I’m going to bring down to there so the difference between that that and then that one, that will leave it at that level but the one next to it this one here I will reduce that shortly. So it’s just like a haircut these bits are sticking out so I will shorten these then take another look and see if more shortening is necessary. It’s the old carpenters rule measure twice cut once and the same principle applies here .Now looking from that angle this branch is sticking out so I’m going to take it right back to about there and then these smaller branches will take over.

I have worked my way to the apex and now it’s time to thin this part here I’m going to remove this side branch so reduce it down to where the dead branch was and then take a look Right and now reduce this one, there is a dead stub here., and remove that and then reduce this, let’s see if we reduce it in stages to there So I’m going to have a little look, stand back and see, yes that now fits in a little bit better. Right folks there we are it’s all pruned the canopy is nice and tight and I’ll give it a quick turn so you can see it from all sides and that was a front where we started side one that’s the back, side two and that’s where we started, and the last thing that I’m going to do with this is, it’s time to feed it so I haven’t put the chicken pellets yet so these are the chicken pellets being scattered around the pot and they should keep it fed to the end of the season.

If you haven’t seen the first video then there is a link in the info card at the top right-hand corner of the screen click on that and it will take you to the first video when this tree was air layered and the air layer was separated, the roots on it are just amazing. Right folks that was the English Elm the upper part, it’s a tale of two halves and the lower part which is being grown in the raft style follows in part two so be sure to watch that. That’s all for now this is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai in West London, until the next time. And now for the afterthought You love this . Bonsai lovers are very tolerant people they just hate bigotry, You Dig !

Bonsai – Silver Birch Betula bonsai trees Part 2 – by mikbonsai

So everyone this it will calm and clear i’m working on silver birch betula mommy bullseye i have two of these and the two videos part 1 and part 2 those of you who are new and visiting is hit the subscribe button and then take the mill and get the box and save that way you will receive notifications of all my ugg boots and you will not miss it hello everyone this victim count and just to recap and I first started in once I it goes with the school trees and my earlier vigils are me working with small trees and what I was doing with the trees and then i use covered big trees and lately all the videos have been about the victories and i thought it was time to go back to the little fellows and they feel bit neglected so of selected personal tree to work on today’s in the beech tree and it’s wired and we are in august now and it’s time to take my eyes off as the launch is Allah taken in the autumn and will end up with lots of wire mark so I’ll remove these wires quickly and it’s quite easy to take these them off this way as opposed to trying to cut them off if I was cut them off the specific if it was difficult at its time-consuming and so this is much faster way of a stack of me and you’ll repeat producers here under to the camera and again hold the wire this very similar to when you’re wiring it if you are going to take it off this way then hold the wiring is the wire that you trust don’t let the pouch take the stress of the removing you might even break them there we are yes that one and slightly mark the ranch but direction of dig is quite a thick thick wire and branch is quite thick so and this will also has been one mark slightly with its yep there’s a slight mark there it’s just as well I’m taking them off now ms cut into thee where the anchor was is cut in like badly I’ll have to try and sort that out and somehow try and get it to heal absolutely move a little bit of the bark and then if you look appeal in the to calais all just the last one no this couple more after this one here so hold the wire as you unravel the brown chalk and so that the pressure is being taken by a friend at the post of the branch and as the last one here it hasn’t improved so I’ll just prune it a little and tied it up and then the port needs a bit of a clean I’m not reporting it and there we are i’m going to start pruning it starting with big tallest branch first so cut it a lot here and generally i do from bottom up this is going downwards so this will have to come off to give it a clean line and this looks like if they’d just cut it back to them and these also will be reduced there and he in directional pruning and the direction is I want the drawers to go in the direction of a lease I’ve just got it drew out there and same thing with this long branch to reduce it to that the roaster start at gaunche and we will do here and this one dead branches remove not until it to their share I may have to rewire this it’s fighting with this but i’ll leave it till i leave this to another time it’s the wrong time so because i don’t want to remove this don’t you have to be wired and that may be why are going to separate them so that is a little will pull it back to here and this one the improved back to here and this one to hear nice now let it grow up thicken up a bit before we start cutting it back and up top but they’re so that’s all the pruning done for today and tidy up the pot remove these weeds and better of not required also we fear and pull them out with these tweezers and also use my hand to pull out the roots if I can we’ll just take these out lot of weeds here which we shouldn’t be here just take them out like want to retain the stones are quite nice I think well these little stones actually characters I’m gonna have to move them a little that is weeds out place cut them home today while we are here i’ll give it a quick turn we can have a look at the base of the trees have been cleaned of all moss and wings and we’ll try and give it a further clean around II don’t you know my views about moss getting up on the trunk and these surface roots there are few of these up here the screen goes up whether toothbrushes and Altos Russia mixed works why did not earn so no now tidy up the pot and can then go up back to its bench will resume in spea reads i’m just going to dress it up a little it looks pretty brown and uninteresting son just break it up with a little bit of this cat litter and have latched on to recently and then put the stones back and it was told that I took off I think that should really do yeah that makes it up nicely and the mall so go back and put these stones back just saw him around randomly that’s the plot none at least the top of the pot and the last thing to do is to clean the pot and you’re done for today after that unit quick time so you can see what the top of the mall now looks like this is a pop maybe pot gets a good clean I’ve got this damp cloth and I’m going to clean the pot removing any debris and watermarks and stuff like that and then dry it and finish off that polishing it that at of olive oil so I am going to add this piece of cloth with bit of olive oil can then use it to polish the pots of Vegas the olive oil coming onto the cloth here and just rather chance make sure that it’s all fully oiled if we start removing the excess oil okay now turn this loss round and then use that to polish it off last night and koala pat it’ll quickly use the olive oil that’s built onto the turntable lift the turntable a quick tidy up as well which is coming along quite nicely as you can see maybe up nice and shiny pop the tree back on well there to be habits that’s the front of you in a quick down and as we started just the front well that’s all the work I’m going to do on this little tree today and until next time is Victor Kahn formic online thanks for watching and watch more please subscribe thanks for watching part 1 part 2 for shortly stay tuned and for those of you while visiting please hit the subscribe button and then hit the now click the box and save that may you will not miss anything and you’ll receive notifications of all my uploads and now for the afterthought why do cows wear bells because the holes don’t work you eat

SAVE A DYING PLANT: Tips/Hacks | How to Tell My Plant is Dead or Alive? | Revive a dead plant

Hello Friends! Today we will cover two gardening topics in this video. Firstly we will look into How to tell if a plant is dead or alive and secondly on How to revive a dying plant that is How to recover or save an almost dead plant or a dying plant with a scientific basis. That�s coming up.. Welcome back! If you are a hobby gardener or interested in growing plants, Consider subscribing to this channel. Also TURN ON the notification bell icon and you won�t miss anything. First of all, we will look into the important signs and symptoms to declare a plant dead or alive and if alive � how critical its condition is and whether its resuscitation or revival is possible or not and should be attempted or not.

At the end we will look into the hacks to save a dying plant. The question – Is my plant dead? seems easy question to answer, but the truth is that telling whether a plant is truly dead can be a difficult task sometimes. Plants do not have vital signs like a heartbeat or respiratory movements and out that would make it hence difficult to tell if it is truly dead or alive. Instead, you have to rely on some subtle clues or signs. 1. First Sign is your plant should have lost all of its leaves or the leaves have all gone brown and dry.

But wait Do not Panic Here, we will go on checking the next vitals of the plant. 2. Check the stems. The stems of the plant should be pliable and firm and will have a green cast on the inside if they are still alive. Check by scratching the stem, if its green and juicy, its still alive and If the stem is mushy or brittle, then am afraid, you have to go and check the next sign. 3. Check the roots for the same. The roots, too, should be pliable but firm. If both the stems and roots are brittle or mushy, the plant is dead and no point in wasting time on reviving these plants. 4. And one more question is Is the Plant Really Worth Saving? The next step is to decide if you really want to make the effort of nursing the plant back to health. Keep in mind that a plant may still die despite your best efforts. Also, the plant will look utterly pathetic for weeks, months or even years. Is it worth spending the time to recover or are you getting a similar healthy plant at your local nursery or store for a reasonable price? If this is a plant that has sentimental value or is hard to find, than it is certainly worth saving.

Otherwise, you should just drop it. Well, Now on the Plant Reviving Hacks: 1. What to Do When Only the Roots are Still Alive? If the roots are still good, but the stems are dead, you will be hoping that the plant re-grows from the roots. 1. Cut away the dead stems by scratching and checking its alive or not and also checking its pliability. Sometimes as you get closer to the roots, the parts of the stem may be still alive. If you do find living stem, try to leave as much as possible above the roots. But here you are seeing there is hardly any living stem in this plant, But the roots are still looking pliable and not brittle. But the stem looks completely dead and this plant might be difficult to save. But still I shall continue the revival process just for the sake of demonstration in this video. 2. Well, If you find no living stem, leave at 2 inches of the stem intact above the soil. 3. Now I shall apply two hacks on this poor plant. Firstly, Soak the roots in a solution of Hydrogen Peroxide for few hours. I will let you know the exact concentration of this solution shortly.

Hydrogen Peroxide is H2O2 and water is H2O, so its has an extra atom of oxygen in it and its really great for plants. By soaking your plants in hydrogen peroxide solution, it actually replicates this natural substance found in raindrops . You can watch my detailed Video on the Top benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide in gardening from a link at top right corner of this video � but after you finish this video. 4. Well, the concentration for this solution is 1 part of hydrogen peroxide in 30 parts of water. 5. Then repot this poor plant in a good well draining regular potting soil or mix you use for your plants. Then the second hack is whenever you water this plant, of course after checking the soil surface for dryness. You add Epsom salt of about 2 teaspoons in 500 ml of water. Epsom Salt contains hydrated magnesium sulfate and Magnesium helps strengthen the plant’s cell walls which helps in absorption of nutrients from the soil by these roots.

6. Then few more tips to follow are: 7. Place the plant in conditions where it will get roughly less than half the amount of sun that is normally recommended for that plant. 8. Water only when the soil is dry to the touch. 9. Finally If the plant is recovering, you will see new stems sprout from around the remaining stem in one or two months, otherwise you can declare as completely dead and perform it last rights. If you still do not want to give up, recheck the roots to see if the plant has died completely. So there we have it folks, That was our interesting topic on saving a dying plant. Please share your thoughts and similar experiences in the comments section below the video. Please give a like to the video and also consider subscribing to the channel if you are new to our channel. Happy Gardening! .

Bonsai Trees – Chinese Elm Bonsai Forest Field Grown Part 3 | mikbonsai | Bonsai Tips

Today I’m working on Chinese Elms, these were field grown in southeast England and the trunks were chopped and they were put together in a group planting I have pruned them previously and today we are going to repeat the process Hello everyone this is Iqbal Khan and today I’m working on this Chinese Elm field grown trees they have been planted in a group planting and I had pruned them a few times and they were just stumps when I started and the branches are coming along quite nicely and also they are thickening up very well. I have made a start and am now working on this side of the tree and these branches I have allowed them to really grow long and then prune them right back that way we end up with thicker branches and the ramification is better so now just going in and removing these thick branches and these again I don’t throw them away I will be propagating these to grow a little Chinese Elm trees so I’ll carry on with this and we’ll catch up shortly.

I have pruned the right hand side and the other side needs to be done. You can see the difference how different it looks the right side compared to the left side so now start working on the other side I have now turned the tree round and I will be working on this area here and I will explain the directional pruning method shortly after I have removed a few more of these branches.

I am making very good progress with the pruning and now I will remove this branch from the top and I have explained previously why I let these branches grow so long the idea is if they were only, say this long and I prune them out end up with a very thin branch whereas letting them grow long I end up with a much thicker branch when it’s pruned and now I want to talk about the styling of these trees they will not be wired the branches will not be wired in any way whatsoever and I’ll be using the clip in grow and directional pruning method when the branches grow all the energy goes to the end and the branch gets longer and longer and by reducing it and pruning it the energy which previously went to the leader and pushed it to grow is stopped as soon as this is pruned and the energy then it goes to the node between the leaf and the cut branch and the new growth comes from here and that is called directional pruning if I wanted the new growth to go in this direction I would cut it to here and the new growth will go in the direction that the leaf is pointing.

I have completed the pruning of this group planting and also removed a lot of dead branches and we just zoom out and – that’s the foliage of the tree, is much thinner and lighter and there were quite a lot of dead branches and that was because the light couldn’t get through and now the light will be able to get through and hopefully it will progress on to becoming a decent group planting. This is my field grown Chinese elm group planting of seven trees. I’ll give it a quick turn, that is the front, the taller trees at the front and the smaller ones at the back that’s the back of the trees and that is where started. That’s all for now.

Thanks for watching and to watch more please subscribe and ring the bell so you won’t miss anything. This is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai in West London and now for the afterthought last night I went out with the wife for a drink and I said I love you. She asked is that you or the beer talking. I said it’s me talking to the beer. You dig ! .

Bonsai Defoliation | Ficus Bonsai Defoliation | Bonsai Trees for Beginners //GREEN PLANTS

Welcome to my channel in this video i’m going to show you the bonsai defoliation this is a ficus bonsai tree cut the leaves using twig shear we can also use leaf cutter defoliation is one of the techniques mainly used to reduce the size of leaves and also stimulate growth and increase the number of leaves over time defoliation stimulates production of delicate new branchlets allowing twice the growth in a single growing season before defoliation ,be sure the tree is healthy If the tree is unhealthy to begin with, defoliating can kill it using the tools and methods for defoliation leaves and buds may sometimes be pinched off with the fingers but it is best to have a good pair of sharp pruning scissors keep shears clean by wiping them with antiseptic after complete defoliation, place the bonsai in partial sun and pour less water after defoliation because there are no leaves to nourish do not attempt to defoliate during the dormant seasons of spring and winter in summer trees are actively growing leaves after two weeks new buds will begin to appear after three weeks after five to six weeks in this time we can give enough water and nutrients to the bonsai tree thanks for watching

Bonsai Care and Maintenance Spring Repotting & Pruning hawthorn

Hi spring is here and it’s time to repot and today we are going to be repotting one of my large Hawthorn trees and also pruning the branches. So stay tuned. Hey ! it’s me Iqbal Khan, if you have not yet subscribed to mikbonsai then click the subscribe button and hit the bell icon to subscribe and receive notifications as I upload new videos We’ve made a start and Wojciech is give me a hand, it’s a big tree big pot and first he is removing all the weeds and the ferns. Repotting is a slow business Wojciech has cleared all the weeds and I have removed the fern and tidied up the roots. We are now ready to get the tree out and here goes! last time it was repotted in pine bark and for that reason is quite easy to take it out, we didn’t wire it and we are going to do the same thing this time round. We have removed a lot of the soil from the top and the sides, Wojciech just started working on the bottom, removing the soil and we hope to bare-root this tree.

We are in March and it’s quite wet and is very safe to do that at this time of the year. we have bare rooted the tree and we are going to give it a quick turn and so you can see from all sides and on cue we have a plane going overhead but we’ll carry on and ignore the plane, so that’s the other side of the tree, that’s front of the tree and that was the back of the Tree. I am going to start reducing these roots they are getting too long, so will cut them back like that, to contain them within the pot and working around the tree just cutting the roots back, that can go right back.

This can go up about there, leave the baby roots and again remove the thick ones leaving the small ones, now we are going to remove this very thick root which is little bit high up and there’s another one on the on the right-hand side and we’re going to sort that out as well, so I’ll continue to remove these roots from the bottom and creating nice radial root ball. I’ll remove this as well as it’s a bit thick and leave some of these big ones on and now from this side, in fact this is quite high I’m going go right back and same thing with this one. The roots are just high up I’m going to remove. Now I’m going to remove these very thick roots, this one is at the bottom so I’m going to go right in and take that out, so that’s out and same thing with this one, I’m going to take that out as much as I can. Tidy up these roots here and I’m going to go as high up as I can, firstly cut it like that upside down using a branch cutter There we are, I’ll probably go a little bit further in.

That’s a bit better, as this is crossing so I am definitely remove this one and reduce this one, so firstly we tackle this one and see what’s going on here. Right will probably leave it at that and this one I’m going to remove completely, is crossing this one so will take it right back where it starts, and that’s gone, I’m now going to shorten this root it’s getting quite nice here but then as it goes down, its sort of turning so I’m going to cut it back to about there leaving these roots at the top.

Let’s see how that works. Right there we are, leave these on. Right this is the root which was very fairly high up that we have removed, that was the second one, so I’m going to tidy that up with this knob cutter and go right in and that should sort that out. we have another root which is going round it’s quite a thick root, so I’m going to remove that and I’m going to use my knob cutter to get to it, but at least it’s cleaned up just looking much more neater than it did before with the root going across. We are now starting to repot the tree and we will first put a layer of pine bark over the grit layer which I, which we placed in the pot earlier and then I’m going to place the tree on top of the pine bark because the tree is sinking into the spot so we want to pull the tree out a bit more and for, with that in mind that’s what needs to happen and then sit the tree in the pot, we can now put more pine bark in.

Now I have been pushing the tree back and pushing the pine bark under the tree to straighten it up a bit it was leaning and by straightening it up it gives it a much better look and feel and we’re now going to continue with the soil initially using our hand and then revert back to the chopstick. Right folks the repotting is complete and now I’m going to work on the upper part of the tree it needs a prune, the branches are all over the place they’re crossing, growing inwards and we are going to be pruning the branches which are going inwards crossing over or going straight up they have got long and leggy so that’s what we are going to do. Right folks I am going to start pruning these long branches here, there is a a little bud here on this branch so I’m going to go right back to about there and the bud is facing upwards so will have a new branch growing from there and this one again is getting too long and will start crossing with this one, so we will basically prune it back there and just below the cut there is a bud which is facing upwards and we’ll have a branch growing up there and the prune this right back to there and there is a bud on this branch facing this way so we’ll get growth along the line of the thicker branch and we will basically remove this lower branch and I’m gonna leave this one for as it is for now and tackle this branch, again this is starting to cross this branch, so I am shorten it about there so that is done.

This branch is going downwards so that can be removed completely and here I’m going to go back to there. There’s a couple of buds here so we’ll have a couple of new branches and this one I’m going to go to about there and again there are a couple of buds here to grow new branches and this branch here I’m going to reduce it to so there, there’s a node there so that would carry on with that these are crossing branches so this will need to be reduced and I’m going to go to there and there is a node there which will basically throw out another branch and same thing with this one, reduce it to back there. There is a node there and this I think we’ll just reduce it to there and this one to about there. There’s a node on that one that’s where the new branch will take off so the lower part of the tree is looking pretty good and working up so we now tackle this branch here I’ll just reduce it to there again there’s a little node here which will take over moving upwards I’m going to remove this branch completely as it’s starting to cross this branch here, so that’s in the wrong place so we get rid of it completely and this branch at the top would need to be reduced, I think I’ll take it back about there and this one is fighting with the other one, this one is going straight down to reduce it to there and this one we will reduce it to there to start with, Yeah we’ll keep it do about that level there and just keep working around the tree.

This again is too long and we’ll reduce it too about there. That’s a bit better and then tackling this branch, we’ll reducing to there and new growth will go in that direction. This branch here is too long to about there to improve ramification and same thing with these branches here and this one again will be reduced to there and this one I’m going to reduce and this one we can take it back right in and this long run branch here, will be reduced to there and just below the cut is the node which will produce a new branch and coming to this one we will go to about there and then working on the apex, which is up here I’m going to cut this right back to there and these are the berries from last year, so I am going to remove these.

Just little bit of fine tuning now so I’m just going to reduce this branch, stop it from continuing to go in that direction and same thing with this one just cut it so that the new branch takes over in a different direction same thing with this one here and that will aid ramification and also reduce this branch here. This branch here, it is basically crossing the lower one so we don’t really need this, so I am going to completely remove this. This is the back of the tree and there’s a reason why I’m showing that, there’s a big trunk chop here and also the way the front was you could see the cut from the front and I’ve moved the tree slightly and as I turned you will see that was the front before where you could see where the chop was and I’ve basically turned the tree slightly making that the front so that the cut is hidden behind this branch here. Now this is the top of the pot where the tree meets the soil and having removed the thick branches and this little knob and I’ll give it a quick turn and also having removed these roots which are really high up it has enhanced the tree enormously and there was also another root up here and having removed these roots high above the soil line, has enhanced the tree the line of the trunk quite considerably and you can see the taper there’s an incredible taper here.

Right folks this is the tree in full view and that is the front I’ll give it a quick 360 so you can see it from all angles. It has been repotte, roots have been sorted, we bare rooted the tree and also gave it a thorough pruning and this will now kick start its growth. I expect it to grow vigorously in the summer months and that is a front and also I have slightly straightened the tree up in the pot before it was leaning too much forward and I’ve lightly pushed it back by and also turned it slightly towards that right and from your angle is to the left so that the cut is then concealed at the back so you don’t see the ugly trunk chop. That’s all for now, this is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai in West London, Until the next time. iI’s very cold outside, it’s been snowing and I have lit a log fire I live in an old Victorian house and I’ve retained all the fireplaces and at times like this it is very comforting and it’s very nice to have a real fire going and as I was lighting the fire it reminded me of a little joke and I will share it with you it’s an afterthought.

When I was young, we were so poor we couldn’t afford heating or a fire like this and we as a family used to sit around a candle and when it got i incredibly cold we would actually light the candle. You dig ! .