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Author:  daryl [ 13 Mar 2019, 20:00 ]
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I wanted to share and get opinions on three little treelets that are destined for mame pots. They are all currently in nursery plastic pots. Two are found seedlings from my garden (does that make them foundlings?) and the other was given to me by a friend who grew it from seed.

The first is wisteria grown from seed by a friend.
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This one is an ornamental cherry found in the garden a couple of years ago
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This one is a cotoneaster from the garden and potted up a couple of years ago.
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So, any thoughts on what to do next? Into smaller pots? Straight into mame pots? Leave them where they are for another year or two.

Hoping GaryJC will add his thoughts but would also like to hear everyone else's opinions. :-)

Author:  Garyjc [ 13 Mar 2019, 21:23 ]
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Daryl
If they were mine I would keep them in the pots they are in,or transfer them into small pond baskets,and keep them well fed.Although the cotoneastor could go into a pot,I have one very similar in a pot.(although it could do with putting a bit more girth on)
The problem with putting them into pots to soon is it really slows the growth down,but we like seeing stuff in pots lol.
I try my hardest now to keep my stuff in development in training pots,but not always :-).

Great to see a few threads with mini trees in :-).

Author:  daryl [ 13 Mar 2019, 21:41 ]
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Thanks, Gary. It is very tempting to get them into small pots (especially as I have quite a few to chose from :lol: ) but I will resist the temptation for another season. I'm looking forward to seeing how the wisteria leafs out.

Author:  Keith Hansell [ 13 Mar 2019, 22:14 ]
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Good luck with them. My attempt seen on page 2 of the thread below, failed, possibly due to root work.

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Author:  daryl [ 13 Mar 2019, 22:37 ]
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Have you still got the Chinese Elm from that thread? Post an update if you have, it was a nice tree.

Author:  Keith Hansell [ 14 Mar 2019, 14:47 ]
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Thankfully I still have it as its certainly one of my favourites. Unfortunately like most of my trees last year it didn't do much, just survived. I suspect this was due to the hot summer. I slip potted it a couple of weeks ago into a larger pot and in more of an open mix, to try and promote more roots. The roots when I lifted it were fine but not as much growth as I would have liked. I looked at it this morning and there are lots of new buds starting to appear. I haven't taken a photo as there isn't much more to see at the moment than is on the thread photo. Once its in better leaf I'll take one and post it here.

Author:  daryl [ 14 Mar 2019, 17:44 ]
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daryl wrote:
Thanks, Gary. It is very tempting to get them into small pots (especially as I have quite a few to chose from :lol: ) but I will resist the temptation for another season. I'm looking forward to seeing how the wisteria leafs out.


Well my resolve didn't last long :07hysterical:

I went for a compromise in the absence of small pond baskets and opted for these wide but shallow pots. I'm glad I did because all three had potentially nice radial roots and with minimal snipping I was able to take out the obvious tap roots, spread the roots fairly evenly around the trunk and hopefully set them on the way for a happy future. Fingers crossed :smallthumb:

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Author:  bluesky [ 15 Mar 2019, 11:14 ]
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I like the set of three matching pots!

Author:  daryl [ 15 Mar 2019, 11:45 ]
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They've been under the bench for ages because they are not ideal for bonsai. Only one drainage hole and no wiring in holes :roll: I tried using a couple of wires but it was impossible to get them to hold anything in place without damaging the fragile little roots. For now they are in a wind proof mini greenhouse until I can get hold of some raffia to secure them by wrapping around the main stem and around the pot. The plus side of them is that for this size tree there is plenty of room for lateral root growth.

Author:  bluesky [ 15 Mar 2019, 12:19 ]
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Sounds like they're good pots for mames..
I always put a two or three stones on the soil when I haven't wired. Stones don't anchor as well, but at least they provide some minimal protection against accidental knocks, and more importantly they remind you that the tree is not wired in ;-)

This tiny pot only has one hole. (photo from 2017). The stones were on there for 2 or 3 months until I was sure that the root growth was holding it in place.
ImageSweet plum ( Sagaretia Theezans ) by Dave Blue Sky, on Flickr

Unfortunately this baby died last summer while I was on holiday. Trouble with mames in tiny pots, especially in the Madrid heat, just half a day without water and it's a gonner.

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