How to root-prune pot plants and bonsai trees

Find out how to trim the roots of plants and bonsai trees growing in pots, in our No Fuss Guide.

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We’re used to pruning the top growth of plants to restrict growth, but it’s also possible to trim a plant’s roots. In this No Fuss video guide, David Hurrion explains how you can root prune to restrict the growth of plants, especially those growing in pots.

Root pruning is a technique traditionally used by Chinese and Japanese gardeners when growing bonsai. The same rules apply when growing shrubs and trees in pots a well as bonsai trees – the aim of root pruning is to reduce the vigour of the tree so it will grow in a confined space, such as a pot.

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