Lock Your Trees Down!
This is less a security headline than a technical reminder…
…trees can loosen in their pots. Wires can slacken…bracing can slip…and then they can wave around in the wind. Or fall over.
Why should we worry about a bit of wiggle?
Because those movements can really weaken trees, adding to the stresses that they are often under, and can even kill trees if the movement is significant enough.
For a tree growing naturally, roots are what lock it into the earth. We tend to think of roots as translocation devices, moving fluids around, and that’s true, but their other function is stability. If they don’t have stability, we need to give it that by substituting root stability for wire stability. Imagine the tree and pot being one unit.
It’s not a bad idea to give your trees a wiggle now and then, just to check. Especially after a show, check that the tree is well-attached to its container. Any loose tree should be put on the workbench to re-establish that secure and ‘It’s one unit’ feeling to the bonsai.