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  1. Thank you for sharing the article on “Secrets of Bonsai-Uncovering the Mechanism of Root Regeneration”. I recently acquired some pre-bonsai and yamadori trees that are between 34 and 44 inches tall, measuring from the bottom of their round, deep nursery pots. Cutting the roots to fit them into shallow bonsai pots and wiring them into their pots will be challenging for me. There may not be enough lateral roots for the wires to hold on to, especially on my massive live oak. Due to the same problem on my trees that are in shallow pots, the wires are visible near the nebari. The wires can’t tighten around the small root balls.

    Referring to the article, how should I cut the root balls to increase the level of auxin to induce lateral root growth quickly? Do I trim only the bottom half or quarter of the root balls or also just 1/4 inch of the tips of the existing but short lateral roots?

    Some of my trees show “light-induced bending”, although I rotate the pots regularly. How can I get auxin evenly distributed to help correct branching direction without excessive wiring on brittle/hard branches?

    When new methods for controlling root regeneration is published, will you include the information on this website?
    I’d be grateful for any suggestions. Thanks!

    1. Your questions are very good and a bit out of my experience level. Never bare root conifers. Deciduous can be bare rooted. Be sure to flatten the bottom so as not to cause rocking back and forth when potted in the bonsai pot. If you are not showing the bonsai, some wire exposed is okay. You can always cover the wire with a little top dressing. Use of chopsticks in tie down wiring may be necessary. The type and number of holes in the bonsai pot also require different tie down wiring techniques. Search “Bonsai Tonight” for bonsai pot tie down wiring techniques. Cut all downward growing and large roots. Comb out feeder roots to radiate from the trunk. Use of wire to bend branches into place may be necessary. Hope this helps.

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