Today I Root Pruned My Escallonia. What A Mess!!!! It was extremely rootbound and there were roots everywhere! I could not believe what a mess it was and really couldn't fathom how there were so many large thick roots within one bush!
Well with a bit more exploring through the roots and just as I was about to quit because there were so many when I realized something that I really hadn't even thought of before... I noticed that the stem that I thought was one trunk was actually two!! So I fiddled with it a bit and moved some of the larger base roots around a bit and sure enough the two trunks came apart and BAM! I had two separate plants... ( talk about conjoined twins
For a moment I had thought that perhaps I should have kept them together to maybe bond and eventually make one large trunk but really... the roots were so messed up that I really think they would do better separately. To my surprize the soil was incredibly sandy and dry even though having watered it just that morning. I bet that those plants were just suffocating. I will be incredibly lucky if they both survive the traumatic repot and root prune
Unfortunately I am still in the learning process and anything is fair game atm.
If they do end up dying I will have to be a bit less aggressive next time and do things different. Here are my Escallonia as they are now in separate pots. Hopefully they will both make it and grow to become beautiful Bonsai. Since they were in the same pot and I split them up I decided to name them...
I named the main one with the flowers on it "Bloom" and the one without flowers on it "Grow" hehe AKA "Bloom & Grow"
"Escallonia After Root Prune and Separation"
As you can tell from the photos I am still a bit confused about pot size. I couldn't decide whether to put them in small or big pots ... so I put one back in the same pot I took it out of and the other in a larger pot. I dunno if I'm suppose to be putting them in big or small pots
While Taking photos my cat Calli decided she wanted to jump in and get pictures taken by the newly replanted Escallonia