japanese maple

  1. The Warm Canuck

    Maples, How much root reduction to reduce bleeding?

    I have some JM's that I'll be re-potting from grow bags to shallow wood grow boxes this spring, and wood like to do some hard pruning / trunk chops at the same time. I'd like to keep as much root mass as possible but don't want the trees to excessively bleed either. So, how much root reduction...
  2. sacredasamouse

    Advice for Spring - Japanese Maple and Kallay Juniper

    Hey all, This is my first post here, and I'm pretty new to Bonsai! I'm sorry in advance if there are resources covering this topic, but I did my best deep dive before posting. I was able to pick up Tamukeyama Japanese Maple and Kallay Juniper saplings from a local nursery (only $15 each!). I'm...
  3. T

    Acer Palmatum 'Beni Maiko', difference between that and standard Acer Palmatum?

    I'm thinking of grabbing some, but have never tried a Japanese maple. Was told the Standard Japanese maple was stronger, faster growing and could handle cold better than others. Is Beni Maiko a good maple tree to start on? What are the differences? Are they cared for/pruned/ built the same...
  4. PowerTap

    PT Japanese Maple #1

    So this is my first Japanese Maple. I got it for free from a club member who stated pretty frankly that he was 65 and had started way to many trees from seed for a man his age. It was coming into leaf at the time and I just fed and watered it through the summer. Now it's fall and I finally...
  5. I

    Pls ID Kev’s JM

    I got this over a year ago and never bothered with ID, but some days the curiosity gets the better of me, anyone know what this is? Was gonna air layer the top 3 branches this year but never got around to it. I’m always away from home and when I’m back the tree is in recovery mode because of heat.
  6. gapoy

    Japanese Maple Design Help

    Dear bonsai artisans, I would like to ask for your opinions about this tree. How would you design it? Having a very shallow knowledge and experience in bonsai care, any piece of negative or positive feedback is valued. Thank you.
  7. T

    Where to buy pre-bonsai online in Europe?

    What are the best stores to buy pre-bonsai from? I'd love all species, but specifically Japanese maple. I can't seem to find any at my local nurseries and many I see online can be hundreds of euro. So what are the main stores to buy from? What are the best quality? What is the cheapest...
  8. R

    Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum) Air Layer + Ebihara Progression

    Hi, Long time lurker, first time poster here 👋 Just wanted to share my progression with a Japanese Maple air layer + Ebihara that was started last year. May 24, 2022: July 31, 2022: August 6, 2022 - Air layer separated August 19, 2022 April 7 2023 - First repotting
  9. KayakKevin

    We're gonna need a bigger pot

    I found a lovely Coral Bark Japanese Maple today and purchased it with the intention of doing a trunk chop. It does not appear to be a grafted tree. It is about 6ft tall. My current plan is to do a trunk chop in maybe late January then let sit for another year until a repot the following...
  10. david in LA

    Acer Shirasawanum - Pruning direction

    Picked this Full Moon Japanese maple up recently where to previous owner kept it more as a patio plant. A bit of info on this tree, the base is just over 2" wide, and from the soil to the top of the tree is 2'-10". The previous owner bought it from a nursery just over a year ago and has not...
  11. W

    Lion Head Shishigashira Japanese Maple Bonsai Shaping

    I have this larger Lion Head Japanese Maple I found burning up in the sun and dried up in a gravel lot. It looks a lot better now. The tree is in a 17 inch pot and the height is 44 inches tall. The tree is root bound currently but seems to still be doing well in this plastic pot. I’d like to...
  12. S

    Japanese maples (cultivars?) from seed

    We often see posts asking about named cultivars grown from seed which promptly get replies (rightly) stating that cultivars can only be propagated asexually. Any seedling is the result of sexual propagation so has new combinations of genes and is therefore a completely new cultivar. As...
  13. W

    Why are my trunks spiral?

    Hey, I have these two trees, a Chinese Elm and a Japanese maple, and I noticed that both have this spiral bend of the trunk, however a lot of the trees I see online do not have this bend. Is it a custom to create these shapes, or am I justified in finding it slightly tacky and unnatural?
  14. Joelshack2362

    Japanese Maple

    Spring leaves looking good.
  15. electraus

    Air layering a topped A. Palmatum

    My parents purchased a new vacation home up in hills last December and they were so excited to show me around when I went home for the holidays. It’s definitely a really nice place, but I very quickly lost interest in the home itself upon seeing the practically prehistoric Japanese maple in the...
  16. FaNt0m

    Japanese Maple Identification

    Can someone please tell me exactly which variety of Japanese maples I have, two different plants, I can’t figure it out. Also the one with the red leaves is how I got one of them, if that helps.
  17. electraus

    Experiences with Essence of the Tree Japanese Maple specialist nursery?

    I found them on the Colorado Rocky Mountain Bonsai "Bonsai Vendors" page, and they have a "For bonsai" section on their page where they list cultivars of JMs they sell with growth habits that are generally desired for maple bonsai subjects. Does anyone have experience with them? They seem...
  18. Rivian

    Healing a large wound quickly on a Dissectum maple

    I have this, probably, Dissectum Garnet that had a large trunk stump removed recently (was infected with orange fungus). I used tools to carve away all infected wood, used fungicide and then sealed the cut. Its starting to roll over slowly but if possible I want it to roll over much quicker...
  19. S

    Crispy edges and dark spots on new acquisition

    Hello, I am a long time lurker that is dipping my toe in the water for the first time. I acquired a lovely Japanese Maple last weekend. I don't know where whether it came from near or far. At first I thought it might have gotten a bit sunburned on new tips but as I look closer, I see some...
  20. H

    Is my Japanese Maple happy? (NYC)

    Hello! I have a potted Japanese Maple that I got in April. It has seemed very lush and happy until this week when I noticed some of the leaves had turned brown and shriveled and some others had turned from bright green to yellow/pinkish. It receives morning light from about 9:30am to 1:30pm. I...
  21. goth_gardener

    Potting mix/Care for large Weeping Maple bonsai

    Hello nuts ! I rescued this beautiful maple tree on sale from my local nursery today and am curious about doing a larger bonsai situation in this pot… here is the tree resting on some previous potting soil in the container (will be acid loving later ofc), a larger pic of location just for fun...
  22. B

    Nursery for field grown starters

    I have access to a nursery with a few different species in zone 5. Plenty of Japanese maple which is what I have in mind. I might be able to find some good 5-8 year growth from field saplings. What should I look for?
  23. Rivian

    Sick Arakawa

    I thought the sickly leaves could be handled by better soil and fertilizer, but then I took a closer look at the bark. Ive been aware of something going on there for a while but thought it might be a weird thing arakawa does when forming rough bark. The discolored area is spreading and now...
  24. TurtleSquisher

    In for a TREAT.

    Good morning friends~ I have some SUPER exciting news. I just recently picked up my first Red Japanese Maple from a trip. Not but 3 days of having it, I had 6 clippings potted an ready to root. What happened in those 3 days might shock you. So after I got home I went over to my friend's...
  25. M

    New to Bonsai, just got my first Japanese Maple

    Hey y’all, I just purchased my first Japanese maple that I got in a nursery pot. I did a fair amount of root pruning and I’m letting it recover in the shade currently. It seems like it’s recovering rather quickly which is good. I’ve been looking it over and I want to chop one of the main...
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