mosk1640
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Glued Tree issue, help!

I just recently bought a ficus bonsai tree from a nursery and noticed that the rocks on top of the soil are completely glued tight around the trunk!!! As a result Im not sure how I would go about re-potting it. The current pot is ugly and I would like to put it in a more traditional bonsai pot. Any suggestions as to how to go about breaking up the glue without hurting the tree???

Matt

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Matt,

You are correct in wishing to remove the pebbles and not just for re-potting purposes. This is not done for any horticultural reason but as a shipping aid and they need to go soon.

I have never had to deal with this having never purchased a tree like this. You are just going to have to use you ingenuity. Perhaps a flat bladed screwdriver or pliers can help. I suspect that once you get it started it will come up in big chunks. Try not to break the pot since this is not the ideal time to re-pot. You can if necessary, but most growers re-pot Ficus in summer.

You will probably find that you need to backfill with additional soil. Even though the soil is probably inferior I suggest that you use a similar type of material. Having two types of soil in the same pot is not a good situation. Later you can re-pot into a better medium.

Norm

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Thanks once again Norm! Yea, I usually don't buy from places as such but I saw this little tree and loved it. I cannot fathom why people would glue rocks!!! LOL (Although your explanation does shed some light on it)

Im going to try the screwdriver and being that this tree remains indoors, I might bite the bullet and totally re-pot with a better bonsai soil. The tree is doing really well so hopefully it catches onto the new pot well.

Thanks again!

Matt :lol:

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