Another day, Another Maple

AlainK

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you need to let this grow for years (unrestricted both in root and leaf growth- like not prune for that time), apart from a root prune. Put it in grow box or ground, or you will still have a stick in a pot, as you get no girth in a bonsai pot.
Salut l'ami,
Maybe there are solutions that could possibly fit better in his environment.
From the photo he posted, I think that Silverio doesn't have much room to grow "big trees" .

@SilverioSan :

Keep it healthy, it's a nice tree.

Hard to give you much advice for I'm lucky enough to have a garden, and keepind a potted tree on a balcony must be a totally different thing.

But if you take good care of it, in time it will come a nice bonsai.

I'd say you must find "akadama", or a similar medium before you repot it : the best soil you can find that is adapted to various climates. 75 to 90% of a mix with any amount or combination of composted bark, pozzolane (good for the roots to divide), coarse sand, peat fibers, coffe dregs, old leather shoes, etc.

In a wider pot, you could use guy-wires to have the branches bend down in quite a natural way.

Anyway, whether conform to the standards or not, you will enjoy its colours, every day ;)
 
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Hi. I just wanted to chip in and say there are several locations on your tree where you have junctions of 3 or more. If you " just sit back and let this guy run freely... " there will be problems ahead leading to inverse taper. I'd strongly advise removing these down to 2 (trunk counts as 1), especially in the mid section of the last large pic - post #17, where it appears there's 4 and the beginnings of adverse swelling.
Hi Paul thanks for your feedback is really much appreciated, I will have to go in and decide which branch to take out although I have already taken out one before that picture. What I am afraid of is having to much of empty space but I guess the inverse taper is more important for now. Thanks to pointing this out.
 
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Salut l'ami,
Maybe there are solutions that could possibly fit better in his environment.
From the photo he posted, I think that Silverio doesn't have much room to grow "big trees" .

@SilverioSan :

Keep it healthy, it's a nice tree.

Hard to give you much advice for I'm lucky enough to have a garden, and keepind a potted tree on a balcony must be a totally different thing.

But if you take good care of it, in time it will come a nice bonsai.

I'd say you must find "akadama", or a similar medium before you repot it : the best soil you can find that is adapted to various climates. 75 to 90% of a mix with any amount or combination of composted bark, pozzolane (good for the roots to divide), coarse sand, peat fibers, coffe dregs, old leather shoes, etc.

In a wider pot, you could use guy-wires to have the branches bend down in quite a natural way.

Anyway, whether conform to the standards or not, you will enjoy its colours, every day ;)
@AlainK Thanks to having written to me every single comment is part of my journey. Yes, having trees on a balcony is a totally different experience. I am looking for a re-pott next year and I was considering to go with a Boon Mix, by that time I will have also time to build a grow box with unclaimed wood. I like also your ideas of soil mix I will have a deep look into that.
 

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Salut l'ami,
Maybe there are solutions that could possibly fit better in his environment.
From the photo he posted, I think that Silverio doesn't have much room to grow "big trees" .

@SilverioSan :

Keep it healthy, it's a nice tree.

Hard to give you much advice for I'm lucky enough to have a garden, and keepind a potted tree on a balcony must be a totally different thing.

But if you take good care of it, in time it will come a nice bonsai.

I'd say you must find "akadama", or a similar medium before you repot it : the best soil you can find that is adapted to various climates. 75 to 90% of a mix with any amount or combination of composted bark, pozzolane (good for the roots to divide), coarse sand, peat fibers, coffe dregs, old leather shoes, etc.

In a wider pot, you could use guy-wires to have the branches bend down in quite a natural way.

Anyway, whether conform to the standards or not, you will enjoy its colours, every day ;)
Hi Alain and @SilverioSan
Yep, I totally missed the “balcony” picture. So yeah my advice was misguided. Sorry for that.
Good luck to the OP on this one, and enjoy your trees.
Charles
 

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I'd also tie that pot down... once that top growth is full of leaves just a small amount of wind will blow it off that ledge you have it sat on.
 
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Fall/Winter 2019 Update

this is my second year with this tree, the original pot broke in October and since was just half damaged and not in time for a repot I just took it all and placed in this bigger pot for the winter, repotting anyway is schedule before the next growing season.

I am amazed from the color that the leaves have this year.

JM Fall 2019.jpg Leaves Color.png
 
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February 2020

The tree was due for a re-pot, a little work on the roots and a new haircut ... ready for the 2020 season where more development will continue to happen.


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Fan Tan Fannie

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HI, I noticed you did not have pumice in your soil mix for the recent repotting. Any reason why you did not add pumice? I use pumice in my mix but I am not fond of the white specks showing up on the surface. You have a lovely maple tree! :)
 
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HI, I noticed you did not have pumice in your soil mix for the recent repotting. Any reason why you did not add pumice? I use pumice in my mix but I am not fond of the white specks showing up on the surface. You have a lovely maple tree! :)
Hi and thanks for your comment. I have pumice but this time around I have added black lava mixed with Akadama on the bottom for better drainage and on top because I like the way it looks (it is just a 1/2 inch layer on top) .... in between this two layer I have an organic mix with pumice, barks, soil, lava rocks and Akadama.
 
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