Saturday, 10 April 2010
This is the pot i picked up in Southhampton. Its a rather nice 40cm pot and just what i needed for this larger maple.
Yes i know the maple is scrappy. Il give it a good haircut once the roots are established. I didn't want to repot and do a major pruning at the same time - so last seasons late growth spurt is still there.
Last year it receive a substantial mid-year pruning - eliminated crossing branches and useless internal foliage. The process was helped by a nice gold glass of hoegaarden.
I also tried out some different cutting tools for the pruning. My busted up old Japanese still work best though.
The roots were cut right back - much further than this image. If last years repottign is any indication then this will take 4 months to get its vigour back and it will have a late season growth spurt.
The cat is seen assisting as usual.
While talking to the people in Southhampton I also learnt that the toxicity of Azaleas isnt that great to cats - so I'm allowed an Azalea now. I wanted one purely for the hysterical flowering.