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Lack of Water Drainage - New Pot? 7 months 5 days ago #80932

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Hey all! If I have a young juniper tree and it's in a pot with not water drainage holes, would it be a good idea to move it to a new pot with better drainage?

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Lack of Water Drainage - New Pot? 7 months 5 days ago #80933

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Hello.
Is the tree rootbound? Or maybe wobbling?
Pots must have drainage holes, so is good that you noticed before is to late, if so, can you give us a picture?
How long do you have it?

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Lack of Water Drainage - New Pot? 7 months 5 days ago #80934

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I got it a couple days ago. It's very small and pretty delicate, but I think it's rootbound. I'm also looking to plant moss, but don't want to start that if I need a new/bigger pot.

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Lack of Water Drainage - New Pot? 7 months 5 days ago #80935

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I was told the tree was also planted in everyday planing soil, which I've read isn't exactly meant for bonsais. Should I change out the soil when I move it to a new pot, or should I save that for when it gets a bit bigger and when it would be more likely to survive the transition?

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Lack of Water Drainage - New Pot? 7 months 4 days ago #80938

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Ok...
I've seen the other topic.

I'm curious for how long it has been into a pot without any drainage holes, if it's rootbound it's been a while, if it's wobbly it was potted in there not long ago, that's why I'm asking.

If it's rootbound and without any drainage I would consider sliding to a bigger pot, without any rootwork at all.
If it's wobbly, it's difficult for me to say what I would do, maybe I would try to drill some holes without disturbing the tree, so I could wait for next repotting season.

About soil, generally nurseries use common soil, if can afford a slightly better soil, it's good, but not like the extra expansive soils you know... HOWEVER repot with new soil is not done by this time of year on northern hemisphere.

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Lack of Water Drainage - New Pot? 7 months 4 days ago #80940

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No, it is not root bound. It is a young cutting with no signes of pruning. That foliage cannot grow that big pot full of roots. Impossible.

But, yes. Drainage is not only a good idea, it is crusial for survival. So is bringing it outdoors. Indoors it will die. Outdoors it will be drowned at first heavy rain If there are no drainage holes.

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Lack of Water Drainage - New Pot? 7 months 4 days ago #80941

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Dang it! It rained pretty hard last night, so I hope it's okay. Is there anything I could do if it got too much water, to reverse it?

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Drill a hole in the existing pot? Trying to transplant an waterclogged tree is not an option.

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Lack of Water Drainage - New Pot? 7 months 4 days ago #80943

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I think the existing pot is mainly for home decor, and not specifically made for holding plants, so I'm not sure if it will drill real well. It doesn't look like we got as much rain as I thought so I think I might just give the tree a few days to dry out and see if I can transplant it midweek.

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Lack of Water Drainage - New Pot? 7 months 4 days ago #80947

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My friend, you are asking for advise and ignoring it, I think the only thing we can do in that case, is wish you luck.

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