Around here we start re-potting trees around the end of February and stop around the end of November. I am a bit of a stickler for doing things at certain times based on my experience of successful (or not) outcomes. Scots pine yamadori needs to be bare rooted at some point in order to remove the old mountain soil and to get rid of dead material and begin the process of creating a root system suitable for life in a bonsai pot. Yesterday evening once it cooled down a bit we set too on this little chap. The candles are extending in the top of the tree so time was good (August is the other good option). Enough root was uncovered to allow a good prune and the removal of some big lumps of wood. Getting it set up in the pot was something of a wrestling match there for a few minutes.

You’ll see this one again