The Brush Cherry cuttings I obtained two years ago, are now growing very vigorously in their individual pots. As they continue to grow, I can see a single root getting thicker and thicker, and in some cases, even pushing out and protruding out of the soil. Rather than having a single root that overwhelms all the others, it would be desirable to have spreading roots of equal girth radiating out from the base of the tree. One way to avoid a single root taking over, is to root prune it, to ensure the other roots are given a chance to thicken up.
Since these are tropical trees, they are pretty much growing all year round, so repotting it now shouldn’t be a concern.
Coincidentally, I also found these very small colanders at a dollar store. Since they are the perfect size for these 2-4 yr old trees, I simply bought a dozen.
I repotted all three Brush Cheery Trees, and pruned the roots heavily, to ensure the vigor of the heavy roots are reduced. In order to balance the tree, I also heavily pruned the branches and leaves. I ensured a sacrifice branch or two are left to continue thicken up the trunk.
They will now rest under semi-shade for a week, at which time, they’ll be brought back into full sun to continue their fattening up!