Japanese Red Maple

Mr. Bonsai

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Well my Japanese Red Maple bonsai arrived today!

I re-potted due to the fact I had already decided on another different pot with a matching tray would be better for it.
I also added a small figurine of a man fishing to it as well and really like the black rock it came with.
I already had a bag of specific bonsai mixed soil as well as a bag of peat moss blend and also added the small bag of bonsai fertilizer that came with the bonsai tree. I have a couple small bags of bonsai fertilizer as well from a previous purchase.
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This is the pot that it originally came in.
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I also added a another figurine of a woman playing a flute instrument to the other bonsai, Rock Juniper, that I had previously purchased.
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You live in the southern hemisphere and are n spring now?
 

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Located in the Northern Hemisphere and currently it's summer time here.

No I don't have plans on planting it in the ground anytime soon....maybe never.
 

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Why did you repot now then?

What do you mean, planting n the ground?
 

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Not the best time of year to repot Japanese maple or most deciduous trees. Depending how many roots were damaged some or all leaves on the JM may die but they usually bud again a few weeks later after the roots recover.
 

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Should slip pot it into a much bigger pot to let it gain some girth over a few years.
 

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Is that red thing the seat to a kick wheel?

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Is that red thing the seat to a kick wheel?

Sorce


Don't know what a "kick wheel" is....never heard of that term....but it is a seat off an old tractor made into a sitting stool. I've got four of them.
 

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Thanks to all who have replied!

Y'all have a blessed day and enjoy!
 

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Eastern Leaf sells reasonably good potting mixes. Your media choice is good.

Normally maples are only repotted in early spring. But from the photo, you were gentle enough with the roots that your summer repotting likely did not seriously harm the tree. So you did good work. If you had damaged the roots, usually within hours the maple would have begun to wilt.

The "kick wheel" is a potters wheel, for throwing clay pottery. Sorce, who asked, is a potter.
 

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Eastern Leaf sells reasonably good potting mixes. Your media choice is good.

Normally maples are only repotted in early spring. But from the photo, you were gentle enough with the roots that your summer repotting likely did not seriously harm the tree. So you did good work. If you had damaged the roots, usually within hours the maple would have begun to wilt.

The "kick wheel" is a potters wheel, for throwing clay pottery. Sorce, who asked, is a potter.

Finally!....Finally!....Finally!....someone with good common sense has commented!

Thank you for your honest and perspective thoughts and comments. You are one of the far and few that I have yet encountered here on this forum in my very short time joining here.

I am definitely not experienced with bonsai's, etc. ( not an expert here but I do have experience planting trees and plants, etc.) and I can comprehend and totally understand the difference between forum members that post their constructive criticism and or being cynical....I get that. But in all honesty, being a new member to this forum (and I do belong to many different forums for various things, activities, etc.) I have never really experienced such cynical backlash from forum members just for posting and showing etc. especially being a new member!? It's like "beat up time on new members" or whatever you want to call it?....It's just so child like and immature manners coming from supposedly adult individuals?!...WTF! To be truthful, I am both quite surprised and disappointed in the forum about this. Oh and wait until someone reads this and they will most certainly go off again and post their "true meanings"...LOL!

The best part is, when they do post.....they just show how ignorant, immature and foolish they really are with no common sense for all to see....LOL!

Again, thank you Leo in N E Illinois
 

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Finally!....Finally!....Finally!....someone with good common sense has commented!

Thank you for your honest and perspective thoughts and comments. You are one of the far and few that I have yet encountered here on this forum in my very short time joining here.

I am definitely not experienced with bonsai's, etc. ( not an expert here but I do have experience planting trees and plants, etc.) and I can comprehend and totally understand the difference between forum members that post their constructive criticism and or being cynical....I get that. But in all honesty, being a new member to this forum (and I do belong to many different forums for various things, activities, etc.) I have never really experienced such cynical backlash from forum members just for posting and showing etc. especially being a new member!? It's like "beat up time on new members" or whatever you want to call it?....It's just so child like and immature manners coming from supposedly adult individuals?!...WTF! To be truthful, I am both quite surprised and disappointed in the forum about this. Oh and wait until someone reads this and they will most certainly go off again and post their "true meanings"...LOL!

The best part is, when they do post.....they just show how ignorant, immature and foolish they really are with no common sense for all to see....LOL!

Again, thank you Leo in N E Illinois

I do get that it can feel like people are being a bit cynical when you first join here, but I really don't think they are in this case, and most others. The absolute vast majority of people I've encountered and had help from on here really do just want to help! Sometimes a comment may be a little blunt, but they're useful nonetheless. I think it's just difficult to understand the different humours and personalities on a forum. Give it a chance, stick around - you'll learn that all of the people who have commented so far are really great and helpful (albeit some a little quirky - yes I'm looking at you @sorce ;) )
 

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It's an odd dynamic.

Pretty solid "put it in the ground" advice seemed preconceived, and dismissed.

That can put off true bonsai enthusiasts in the "ground" camp, and the Bill V. led "Pot" camp alike.

It sure is important to know that this isn't Facebook, or anywhere else as a matter of fact.

We garauntee your comfort here, but the hard way, not the "mean people's" comments get deleted way!

No harm!

Cheers!

Sorce
 

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I do not get it.
You repot a tree in mid-summer. Give no reason other than you want a different pot. When asked why you repotted you do not respond. Yet you compain that people are not cheering you? Really?
 

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WTF!....Complaining!...LOL!......Hell no just telling it like it is.
 

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Welcome aboard! Sorry you felt tossed about.

We are getting a lot of folks lately who have done not so ‘normal’ things with their brand spanking new tree purchases and asking if it’s good afterwards, when nothing much can be done except aftercare. Like repotting at a not very good time of the year for the health of the tree, as you did, to put the tree in a nicer pot. It happens...

Sometimes I’m not sure what to say either, even though I’m pretty new. I think some of us are just a bit too flexed from all that, but you can be assured that these folks are darn good at what they do.

Not to worry though, I’ve done much worse and am living the results a year later. I even wrote a couple threads about these and only got taken to the wood shed once when I massacred a Mugo Pune. (Still alive, but not so happy as it could’ve been if I’d asked more and listened better.)

As Leo mentioned, it looks like your maple is going to be ok. Only things I’d add are: Keep it in dappled sun if possible for a couple weeks, then slowly ease it into a part sun mode and water only when it needs it.

Finally, please edit your profile with your approximate location and USDA zone. It will really help when you ask for advice and later on will help new folks when they ask.

Cheers
DSD sends
 

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Deciduous are best repotted in spring, which is why that Advice was given. experienced folks would slip pot in more emergency type situations Only, not just because they don’t like the pot. This tree also doesn’t look particularly healthy which would be more reason to wait on the repot.

This tree is very young. It needs to grow to put on trunk size. The suggestion of putting it in the ground will help achieve that result quicker. to make a better bonsai it will also require chops to add trunk movement and taper as it is essentially a stick in a pot as it sits.

it is unwise to dismiss advice given just because it isn’t in line with the actions you took, especially when new and just starting out.
this forum and its members are a wealth of knowledge Who are eager to help if you know how to listen. Welcome and good luck.
 

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Hey, fellow BNuts who posted in this thread about putting the tree in the ground. If the OP, @Mr. Bonsai says putting it in the ground is out of the question, obviously there is a reason. You could politely ask why, or you could just say okay. No need to beat the dead horse. I never put trees in the ground, because I have reasons. It is perfectly possible to bulk up trees in containers. 3 gallon, 5 gallon and larger nursery pots are excellent, and it is perfectly possible to bring a maple to 2 inches diameter trunk in a 5 gallon nursery container, in a reasonable amount of time. Renters, those that are changing residences in the near future, or myself, those that have crappy, hard clay soils that make removing a tree from the ground near impossible. If I put a tree in the ground, and it lives, it will never come out of the ground. I'm too fat and old to be swinging a pick ax to bust clay to dig a tree. I refuse to do that.

Yes, we all know in good soil, ground growing is the most rapid way to develop trunk caliper. But if it is not an option, for what ever reason, there is no need to belabor the point.
 

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