Thx! Thats helpful. I'm a bit excited about this . I have to collect the tree this Saturday, so I don't have time to make a grow-box right away. So I guess it will be a plastic basket for the time time being.Use a sharp spade to "circle" the roots (pink). I don't know if what I can see at 3 and 6 on a clock are roots (red), but if they are, they'll have to be pruned anyway.
Japanese maples usually don't have very deep roots, there should be enough feeder roots around the trunk.
Then, put it in a grow-box (brown), filling the empty spaces with coarse sand, gravel, pozzolane or any non-organic soil.
I would also remove the leaves before they fall, put the box under 5-10 cm (2-4 inches) straw/leaves outside for the winter, against a wall so the temps don't go below zero at the roots. ("Zero" is when water begins to freeze, 100 ° C is when it begins to boil)
This time of the year, I wouldn't clean off the existing soil. It probably contains bacteria/fungus necessary to the health of the tree. I would just wash off the outside of the roots to make sure theyr're neatly cut, that would be all for the moment.Do I clean off all of the existing soil? And will be a mixture of lava rock and pumice work?
No need to worry about that now. It has been raining continuously the last couple of weeks. It's raining now. Again.Water the plant heavily to get it hydrated If you have a chance starting TODAY!!
Looking at the photo a clear grafting spot can be seen, but if the tree survives, maybe it'll be possible cut the trunk back just below the grafting spot and start building from there.Just look VERY carefully at the plant. These often are not so great for bonsai as they have an ugly grafting site.
I'm afraid I don't agree at all with you my friendIMO cutting the foliage will be like removing your finger from the top of a straw full of liquid.
It will bleed out the roots.
Best to keep it as intact as possible
Get it healthy again is step one. Pot it. Protect it (First frost this week for me. For you too? ). In spring let it grow. In summer let it grow. In fall, let it go to sleep. In 2021 have a plan ready.Well, if air layering is not really an option, what options are left?
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