As one of tree that usually find in garden, Japanese maples is also cultivated as bonsai tree. Not much different with the real one, the Japanese maple bonsai has 5 delicate and small lobed leaves that trunk into red or gold color in autumn. These little trees are also quite hardy and easy to grow.
Purchasing the Japanese maple bonsaiJapanese maple bonsai has affordable price if your desire to have this bonsai. Pick a bonsai that has diameter of at least 4 inches when you have purchase Japanese maple bonsai. This will make your work to shape or train easier. Beside select the bonsai with diameter at least 4 inches, you could also pick seedling or bonsai has been grown to about 6 inches in height to cultivate your Japanese maple bonsai. For beginners, The Japanese Maple Acer palmatum is also well-known as the “Mountain Maple”, the strongest of Japanese maple varieties and the most recommended one for beginners.
In determine the Japanese maple bonsai, usually bonsai expert growers will tend to looking vigorous seedlings with low and large internodes. This will help you to add elegant and gentle looking curves to lower part of your bonsai.
Caring for the Japanese maple bonsai
Generally, almost all the Japanese maple bonsais could place in outdoors that get a partial shade of summer and full sun for the rest of the year. You must protect it from wind due to this Japanese maple is delicate bonsai. In spring you could prune the Japanese maple bonsai. Remove any unwanted branches or shoots. Let the shoots growing back to about 5 nodes before apply the pruning back. When you do prune leave about a ½ inch to allow for die back. In the late spring, you could apply trimming to the leaves.
Early spring is the best time to repotting and fertilizes your Japanese maple bonsai. Water your bonsai as needed, due to Japanese Maple bonsai have grow in shallow pots and have less soil they will dry out faster than other potted plants. Therefore you will need to water more frequently
Varieties of Japanese maple bonsai
Japanese Maple Bonsai come in a few different varieties: Red-leaved, rough-barked and dwarf.
Red-leaved Japanese Maple Bonsai as the name implies have red leaves in summer. Red-leaved Japanese maple bonsai is more prone to damage their foliage in the spring as the result of wind or blazing sun. However, you do not want to keep them out of the sunny spots in your yard or they will lose their beautiful red coloring. Compare with their green leaved counterparts, Red-leaved Japanese maple bonsai have slow growth rate.
Rough-Barked Japanese Maple varieties have bark that looks weathered and old. The variety most suited to Bonsai cultivation is ‘Arakawa’. This tree has green leaves in summer but will turn into golden yellow in fall.
Like its name, Dwarf Japanese Maple bonsai has small trunk, leaves and branches. They have dense foliage but sometimes tinning that necessary for sunlight to penetrate the plant. Kiyohime, Kashima and Yatsubusa are the most common for these Japanese maple bonsai varieties.
As amazing little tree, Japanese Maple bonsai has leaves that come in various color from red to green and golden yellow or bright scarlet in fall. This bonsai tree is great choice for beginners as long as it was protected from wind, they will be string and easy to grow tree.