The Phases of Transplaning Mini Gardens
The first phase of transplantation occurs in the first year when you plant the seed. The seedlings should be transplanted, individually, into the desired sized container. Remember the size of the container will determine the size of the plant, through constricting the root growth. An orange skin container is best to make root pruning easier. Roots should be trimmed as they grow through the skin. If you are using a carton or container, make sure there are plenty of holes in the bottom, so roots can be trimmed and will not be suffocated.
Use enriched soil with planting the individual seedling into the container. Through the first year you must make sure the humidity and temperature of soil is regulated. You may want to add a fertilizer. The goal of the first year is make sure the seedlings grow into a healthy, young plant. Make sure to snip of root tips to make sure they do not outgrow the container. If there are no holes, you will need to take the seedling out to prune the roots every so often.
Immediately after the first spring, phase two of your transplantation will begin. This is when the dwarfing techniques will be applied. This included pruning roots, pinching off extra growth, and twisting and shaping the plant to the desired shape or size. After you have completed these stunting actions, the plant will need time to recuperate in shady spot.
After you have done the basic sculpting of your plant, you will need to keep pruning the plant in the consecutive years. The style of your tree from phase two will determine the style of your garden, and once the tree has been planted into your garden it may be more difficult to prune the roots and shape the plant. The miniature tree will reach maturity id roughly five to six years, and at this point it will need much less care, just occasional pinching during spring.
When you transplant your miniature tree, plant it into weak and poor soil that only has enough nutrients to keep the plant healthy, this will make sure surplus growth does not occur. It is best to transplant at the end of the plants second year, as it should have reached its desired shape and size by then.