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Transplanting bonsai fig

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Hello,

I just acquired a port Jackson fig bonsai that is apparently 30yrs old. I wasn't expecting to get it, but I want to do my best for it.

Its only in a really small pot, like 1ft long 6'' wide, and like 4'' high. I want to put it into a very big pot, like a half wine barrel so it can get much much bigger. But I don't know how to do it.

Am I supposed to cut the roots or something or can I I just crack open the pot and put it in there? Also, what sort of soil should I use (I tried looking and its all way to confusing all the different types). Like can you literally post a link of the exact stuff I should buy from Bunnings or something? (like I said, i'm really don't understand about the soils, I just need an actual name of product to buy)

Thanks that's all for now I can think of
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Manfred says...
I'd be sad to see a thirty year old bonsai destroyed like that. They aren't a lot of work but take a long time to produce.

Couldn't you give it to someone who appreciates it as a bonsai. It is easy to get a native fig like a Moreton Bay, Benjamin or Port Jackson and grow it in a big pot if that's what you want.


A properly maintained bonsai should simply lift out of its pot. What you should do is lift it out, cut the roots back and then put it back with a little plain potting mix to replace the space where the roots have been cut away.
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peter30001 says...
Hi voteforme,
would be such a shame to put it in a big pot and let it grow wild as someone has
looked after it and nurtured it for all that time, they take a lot of work.

how about i offer to swap you an established fig tree (fruit) in a 15ltr pot that you could put in a 1/2 wine barrel that you will get fruit from or i could buy you a port jackson fig if you would prefer.

grow
fig trees
at hotmail
dot com
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voteforme says...
Thanks for the replies. I guess I was a bit ignorant as to how to treat a bonsai tree. thanks for making me realize that.

peter, I sent an message to that email address as i'd be willing to take an established fig in exchange for the bonsai. that way it can be cared for correctly (Even if I were to keep it, I wouldn't try and repot it anymore anyway). But yeah, to be honest i'd rather a full sized tree over the bonsai.
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peter30001 says...
Hi Manfred,
you must have read each others minds.
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