Kingsville Boxwood 2014

March was the Indy Bonsai Club’s annual tree of the year workshop. Each year the club gets a bunch of one type of tree from Brussel’s Bonsai and holds a workshop for all the members. This years was kingsville boxwood. The club provided the trees, soil, and oversized pot. Initially I used the pot and soil they provided and potted the tree up without any pruning or styling. 

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I had decided earlier this year that I would be using better soil components this year and stocked up on lava rock, pumice, and akadama. I regretted not bringing my own soil to use. The club’s soil was usable, but I felt like the combination of haydite, turface, and bark fines would hold a lot of moisture and not get the roots as much oxygen as I’d like. The next day when I got home I took the tree out, pruned the roots more to fit into this smaller pot, and repotted it with a combination of two parts akadama to one part lava rock. Hopefully this won’t shock the tree so much that it dies. I’m willing to take the chance.

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The nights are still dipping down into freezing here so it’s in my basement under a fluorescent light. I should be able to put it out in the next couple of weeks. Wish me luck!

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Charles Willis

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One thought on “Kingsville Boxwood 2014”

  1. I am loving your blog, I am fairly new to bonsai too and love watching and learning from you as you do.Thank you for the work you put in on your blog for us to follow, as I said I am really enjoying it.

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