Maples

FOX7591

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Hi everyone

I have a question

there are over 100 different varieties of maples and i and challenging myslef to get a hold of a s much different species as i can find and develop them into bonsai.

does anyone know of the rarest or hard to find maples?

ive found a kirosimo (not sure of spelling ide have to find it in an encyclopidia) atr a bonsai nursery that originated from an imported maple from japan, its 16

is this one hard to find?

i am interested in maples and am excited to start collecting all the different kninds


thanks
 

imholte

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Actually I think there is over 1000 different cultivars of japanese maple itself. Check out worldplants.com, they have loads of cultivars, though they are grafted quite high, they can be air layered.
 

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I just ordered 3 different varieties of Japanese Maple from Forest Farm. I'll let you know what I think of them when they get here. I ordered a Hedge Maple and a Trident Maple from Evergreen Gardenworks last spring and they are doing very well this year.
 

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thanks for the site, one of my buddy's in bonsai told me aobut this site 2, it has a lot of pics and some info. www.worldplants.net
 

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Get a copy of Japanese Maples by JD Vertrees. Great reference book on Japanese maples with lots of cultivar specific info. There are 16 pages in the index alone!
 

emk

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Just reporting about what I got from Forest Farm. One of the odd things they do is ask for "substitutes" in case they don't have one of the things you ask for. I guess that must happen pretty regularly since I ended up not getting one of my maples (they sub'ed in a much less cool plant for my wife instead). One of the maples was pretty crispy and the other wasn't much better. With good watering they should recover, but I would be careful ordering during the hotter summer months. One of the maples was about 3' tall, the other about 18" (both were tied to a thin stake to keep them upright), but both had pencil-thin trunks. The roots aren't very well established in their pots, which is probably another contributing factor to why they arrive so thirsty.

Overall, they have a very nice selection, but I felt that the plants I got from Evergreen Gardenworks were much healthier. (I had ordered about twice as many plants and they arrived in a smaller package than the one I got from Forest Farm, but the whole thing was packaged better to retain moisture...even if I did have to be careful untangling one plant from another.)
 

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Forest Farm has always been hit or miss with me. I have had both healthy and nearly dead plants. The problems with the unhealthy ones, was root rot and needle blight. Fortunately I was able to save the JBP by changing the soil and pruning the black roots, took over a year to start growing again. I have always recieved good and healthy stock from Brent. Forest Farm has an unbeatable selection, Brent has the best prebonsai stock.
 

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