Since re-potting a couple of weeks ago, which is much earlier than I would normally re-pot said variety; response has been fast with candles continuing to elongate perfectly.
Whilst the roots were not overly bad when it came to re-pot I made certain to leave some of the plump cream tipped roots to ensure ongoing health. Whilst I did indeed take the overall root ball down much further than usual, the leaving of a few good feeder roots will generally ensure the health of Pines.
They can be so finicky at times when re-potted, hence I do like to mist this species a couple of times daily and keep out of wind but in some sunshine. Whilst a percentage of the old soil was introduced, to ensure some Mycorrhizal Fungi was returned, I also included new fungi during the re-pot. When undertaking this procedure it is important to ensure the added fungi is placed as close (touching) the existing root-ball as possible.
The soil mix is hugely free-draining and as such, I must be very careful with watering. Normally I like to let the soil dry slightly between waterings when freshly re-potted. With a 70% grit mix alas I cannot do this.
When freshly re-potted trees are first watered it is vital to ensure that the roots forming do everything to search out nutrients and moisture. Too much at this stage can make them become quite lazy. Once an approximate six-week period has passed, this initial watering reservation becomes virtually irrelevant.
The initial soil addition around the root-ball is nutrient free and completely inorganic; this ensures the roots will do all they can to locate ‘goodies’ that are elsewhere in the pot. The second level of soil does contain a small quantity of organic sustenance/nutrients. In time the roots will locate it and continue to grow happily.
Image taken yesterday. Pot is by John Pitt; not perfect but an improvement on the previous one. I am hoping to find a more primitive pot for the next re-potting session.
Once the tree is settled into the new home, I will be undertaking refining work during late summer when resin flow will be greatly reduced.