It has been about three years since this fig was last potted.
The soil is somewhat compacted and broken down and therefore needs to be replaced. Since it is a large tree it can’t easily be moved by even two people. So the process involves leaving the tree in the pot, while removing the soil from around the tree.
Once most of the soil has been removed the tree can be lifted up and tilted so the roots can be cleaned of any adherent soil and long roots trimmed back
Then the tree is lifted out of the pot and put aside while the pot is cleaned of residual old soil and the pot is placed back up on the shelf.
Then large, coarse inorganic particles are placed into the bottom of the pot.
A central area is hilled up high enough to keep the tree at the proper level and then soil is placed around the tree filling the pot up.
Once the soil is nearly filling the pot chopsticks are used to settle the soil down into the pot and more soil is added as the chopsticking continues.
The whole process for this one tree took about 3.5 hours for two people.