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Can I just change pots without pruning the roots? (white pine) 8 months 5 days ago #55767

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I'm a noob so please excuse my ignorance.

I bought a five-year-old Japanese white pine (five needle) tree that came with a pot that I don't quite like so I would like to change the pot to a similar sized one, but I've heard you're only supposed to "repot" in late Feb/March. Is it okay to just change pots without removing any roots into the different pot or should I wait? I live in Tokyo so the weather isn't THAT cold...I think.

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Can I just change pots without pruning the roots? (white pine) 8 months 5 days ago #55771

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matcha_bonsai wrote: I bought a five-year-old Japanese white pine (five needle) tree that came with a pot that I don't quite like


If it's just 5 years old, a (bonsai) pot is of no concern. Choosing a bonsai pot comes when the tree is ready for it.

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Can I just change pots without pruning the roots? (white pine) 8 months 5 days ago #55774

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Auk wrote:

matcha_bonsai wrote: I bought a five-year-old Japanese white pine (five needle) tree that came with a pot that I don't quite like


If it's just 5 years old, a (bonsai) pot is of no concern. Choosing a bonsai pot comes when the tree is ready for it.


When is it ready?

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Can I just change pots without pruning the roots? (white pine) 8 months 5 days ago #55776

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If the tree was mine I wouldn't change pots right now.

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Can I just change pots without pruning the roots? (white pine) 8 months 5 days ago #55777

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Because it's 5 years old or because it's still winter?

So JUST changing pots without trimming the roots is still dangerous?? I thought the reason it was dangerous was because you also trimmed the roots as well.

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Can I just change pots without pruning the roots? (white pine) 8 months 5 days ago #55778

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matcha_bonsai wrote: Because it's 5 years old or because it's still winter?


Both are good reasons.

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Can I just change pots without pruning the roots? (white pine) 8 months 5 days ago #55780

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BTW, here is a pic of the tree:

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I want to have a rectangular pot instead of a bowl.

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Can I just change pots without pruning the roots? (white pine) 8 months 5 days ago #55781

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matcha_bonsai wrote: I want to have a rectangular pot instead of a bowl.


Do as you wish, it's your tree after all.
If you go ahead, wait for the buds start to swell by the end of Winter.

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Can I just change pots without pruning the roots? (white pine) 8 months 5 days ago #55785

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matcha_bonsai wrote: I want to have a rectangular pot instead of a bowl.


Too bad. I quite like the current one. But ofc if that better suites your taste...
I concur of waiting tho.

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Can I just change pots without pruning the roots? (white pine) 8 months 1 day ago #55825

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Better not take your chances. Wait, it would be a shame for the plant to suffer.

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