How to care for your bonsai red maple
The red maple bonsai originated in Japan and China. Its leaves resemble the human hand, as it has 5 deep lobes that give this plant a unique look. In most cases, young trunks and branches of this species of trees have bark that is green, but there are some varieties with a red crust. As the tree ages, the color of the crust turns light brown or gray. Among the many varieties include red maple leaves and threadleaf lace and red varieties they are commonly grown as bonsai.
Location and placement
The red maple grows well in areas that receive a large amount of morning or afternoon sun. However, it is not recommended to be placed under direct sunlight, especially during the summer season. When placed in a location exposed to direct sunlight, delicate foliage of the tree can be prone to damages. Its leaves may wilt and turn brown due to the intense heat of the sun as well as dissolved minerals that tend to accumulate in their leaves. This species of tree is the most cultivated outdoors, although it can also be placed indoors, as long as it is provided with sufficient sunlight at least 5 to 6 hours a day.
This kind of beautiful bonsai tree grows well when the soil is kept wet or damp. Therefore, the plant should be watered daily to ensure adequate drainage to protect their root rot. bonsai plants usually die early due to poor irrigation, compared to any other cause. The best way to ensure that the plant receives the correct amount of water is placing the pot in a tub full of water about 1 to 2 inches deep. Allow the holes in the bottom of the pot to absorb moisture for a few minutes. Then remove the pot and place it in its usual location outdoors.
Feeding your bonsai is compatible with their health and growth since a large percentage of soil nutrients are washed after I have watered the plant. Moreover, fertilizer supplies the right amount of minerals and vitamins your bonsai needs to develop properly. Note, however, that is not recommended fertilizer application for at least two months after replanted the tree. You should also avoid fertilizing a tree is weak or is infested with the disease. If you want to use a chemical fertilizer, you can do so by feeding every two weeks. A solution to half of the balanced chemical fertilizer is a good option, or can be fed every 20 to 30 days using a type of slow-acting organic fertilizer in spring and autumn.
Pruning and Wiring Tips
When you have pruned the branches, is ideal for pruning the roots later to protect the root system of excess stress. Branch pruning is best done in the fall or winter, so you can avoid excessive loss of sap.
red maples are shaped by pruning and pinching. If you prefer to connect their branches, apply this technique in summer, when the plant is already in full leaf. Young maple tree has a trunk that can be molded easily by writing to a stake, which lets you easily double or maintain formal upright style.
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