I potted up this Water-elm last year. It’s a specimen from the 2018 collecting season, and since Water-elms develop so quickly I was able to move it along less than a year after it was first lifted. It’s a nice composition, but there’s one problem with it – the pot is just a bit too small. It’s starting to come into leaf, so today was the perfect time to repot into a more suitable container.

This was a pretty quick operation. The original pot and this one are both by Lary Howard; each is unique, but this one suits the tree better. I did have to do some light root-pruning to ensure the perfect fit, but the tree won’t care.

I was also able to lift the tree slightly in the pot, which shows the surface rootage better. Ramification is going to be the first order of business during this growing season. With Water-elms, I’ve found that grow and clip is the technique of choice once the original design is made by means of wiring and shaping. Occasionally you’ll need to do some wiring on a mature specimen, but it’s generally minimal.

This tree is available at our Water-Elm Bonsai page, if you’d like to take over the refinement work.

Sometime there’s more to the story. I started playing around with this Boxelder last year. I got a nice branch set in place, and carved down the trunk chop, and the tree went into dormancy like clockwork. Now the first signs of growth are on it, and since I really like the way it’s shaping up and since my expectations for it are firmly in check (it being a Boxelder and all), I thought I’d like to pot it up. Why not? The only problem was, I didn’t have a pot suited to it. Except … that pot the Water-elm was in looked like fitting this tree pretty well.
The tree had plenty of roots when I lifted it, so I’m confident it’s going to continue leafing out and not look back. I think the pot works very well with it. So I’ll give the tree some food and ignore it for awhile. Stay tuned for an update later in spring (assuming all goes well).
I got this Lantana from another collector last fall. It’s been in this homemade concrete training pot since I got it, but now it’s pushing new growth and today was the day it needed to go into a nice bonsai pot.
I think this Chuck Iker round just makes the tree. What do you think?