One of the common questions new bonsai enthusiasts ask is about repotting. The thought of repotting your plant can be a bit intimidating, especially because you’re taking out a delicate plant from its home and transferring it to a new environment. Even if it sounds challenging, it is necessary to repot your bonsai to help it grow.

If you’re a newbie bonsai plant parent and unsure about how to repot your plant, you’ve come to the right place. Right here we’ll discuss everything you need to know about how you should repot your bonsai tree. Put on your gloves, gather your gear and let’s get into it!

When should I repot my bonsai tree?

Bonsai trees look magnificent and strong even when they’re tiny in size. However, they shouldn’t stay in the same pot forever. As its top grows, the roots grow as well, which will require you to repot and prune its roots.

You must repot your bonsai tree so that it can grow properly without damaging the roots. Second, you want to tend to its roots and trim them to give them more room to grow. This is more necessary when your bonsai tree is placed in a small pot. Roots can get overcrowded when they grow and may cause damage to your plant. Lastly and most importantly, transfering your plant to new soil will help it get fresh and better nutrients.

How do I get started?

Like in any project, you need to use the right tools to help you complete a task. The first thing you’ll need is a bonsai pot. When you’re buying a pot, make sure you’re purchasing a suitable-sized pot that’s about 10-20% bigger than your previous pot.

Second, use bonsai soil. Using bonsai soil is essential because it isn’t too dense as compared to regular gardening soil. Using pre-mixed bonsai soil is ideal, but if you’re going to make your own, it’s best to ask for assistance from a reputable source.

Lastly, you need all the regular gardening tools such as a rake or root hook to comb the roots, pruning shears, and a mesh screen to cover your pot’s holes.

Now that you have all the necessary tools and elements, it’s time to get your hands dirty and start repotting.

I have everything ready. How do I repot my bonsai tree?

As mentioned earlier, repotting can be a bit intimidating for first-timers. But you should know that it’s incredibly easy and once you’ve done it, you’ll be confused as to why you were nervous in the first place.

Let’s begin!

1. Start by lifting the tree out of its pot. Remember to be careful during this process and be mindful of your tree’s root mass. If the tree is stubborn, water may help loosen soil – as a last resort you may need to cut or break the pot!

2. As you lift the tree, grab your root hook and comb out the bottom third of your root ball. You’ll notice that your tree’s roots have followed the shape of the pot, which is why you’ll want to comb it out and help it stretch.

3. After combing, cut off the combed bottom third of the root ball with the pruning shears. Don’t be afraid to cut and trim your roots because heavy roots are more dangerous to your plant and can hinder its growth.

4. Prepare your bonsai pot by covering the drainage holes with mesh, and then scoop a fresh layer of soil in the middle of the pot.

5. Position your tree, spread its roots, and add more soil. Make sure the soil settles properly without any air pockets.

6. After that, immerse your tree and soak it in water.

After you’ve repotted your bonsai tree, allow your plant to recover for a couple of weeks and adjust to its new home. It is often best to place your tree in filtered sunlight for the first week or so.


That wasn’t too hard at all right? With the right tools and by following these steps, you’ll be able to repot all your bonsai trees flawlessly and without any problems. Repotting is necessary, and it helps your bonsai trees thrive and grow into more beautiful and majestic trees in your garden.

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