My cousin recently field collected a southern pine. It’s in a nursery pot with the original soil which is mostly sand. The main tap root was severed, however not all the way back to the shin. Appears to have a few large roots extending from the root ball. Not sure what to do with it now. Let it ride the season and see how it survives and move to a larger container next spring or repot now and no needle or branch work until next year.
The tree should be left to recover and strengthen. When it displays clear evidence of vigorous new growth then a further repot can be considered.
It is not unusual for a collected tree to take one or two complete seasons to recover and return to health.
Disturbing the roots again so soon will likely reduce the chance of it surviving.
I needed to hear that. I tend to try and accelerate the “bonsai” process and I should be thinking of the trees best interest and health. Thanks
Pines collected from a sandy substrate (as opposed to taking an entire root ball from a depression in rock like they do in the mountains) are a difficult collect. So a wait and see is definitely in order. Personally I would wait at longer than one year.