Sunday, January 10th
Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park
January is another good month to repot. Pines, junipers and, although not an optimal time, it is ok for deciduous trees. For warm blooded plants like bougainvillea and ficus, wait until June through September.
As simple as re-potting sounds, there are important basic things to know and always some finer points to learn. Proper repotting helps to ensure a quick recovery after repotting and for long term root development and health. For young trees it can also be a perfect time to properly arrange the roots to create attractive nebari (root crown) and a good rooting foundation for the support of the tree.
This month we are offering to club members the opportunity to repot up to 3 trees using soil mix provided at no charge by the club with plenty of assistance by club instructors (so be sure to renew your membership if you have not already). Bring your trees to the meeting, repotting will start at 8:30AM. Then during the program portion proper repotting techniques will be demonstrated by Abe Far: plant removal from the pot, proper loosening of the roots, root trimming, how to spot rotten roots, how to spread the roots to improve nebari, good root stimulant solutions, soil mix and the ever important firming of the soil around the roots while minimizing damage to the roots.