goth_gardener

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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, and a reference to the type of situation I’ve seen done before..
Any bold and wizened souls out there with some good advice on potting mix, process, and care for such an operation?
All the best
Goth Gardener
 

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clem

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A large part of the foliage is brown on the pics, is it dead leaves ?
 

rodeolthr

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Any good, well-draining potting mix will do fine for you. There are containerized trees growing all over, so there's nothing new about that . The bigger problem you will probably encounter is exposure and high alkaline water. Most of the J maples I've seen in nurseries in SoCal have some form of sunburn on the trunks. Try to find a location with morning sun for a few hours, but keep it out of the hot afternoon sun and midday sun. Concerning the water, I've heard of people using a product called Pro-Tekt to help mitigate the salt buildup from alkaline water. In addition, agricultural sulfur can be applied to the pot, or pine bark/needles used in the soil mix.
 
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