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Maple (Acer)

A maple bonsai is one of the bonsai species that can be found in every collection. Although the species of maple bonsai differ greatly, many are very well suited for bonsai design.

What are the advantages of a maple bonsai ?

  • Maple bonsai quickly form many roots and shows no problems when repotting
  • The small leaves (e.g. Japanese maple bonsai, Trident maple) are well suited for bonsai styling
  • A good ramnification can be achieved quickly by pinching the bonsai
  • Due to the rapid growth of these bonsai, good trunks can be developed quickly
  • With adequate bonsai care, a maple is a good bonsai for beginners

We mostly import maple bonsai from Japan or produce it by ourselves. Here you can buy your bonsai. You get exactly the selected bonsai tree, securely packed.

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Care in a nutshell

Wiring: In winter (without leaves) the bonsai wire can be applied well. Be careful when bending. The woody branches break easily.

Fertilisation: Fertilize liberally from March to September with the common Bonsai fertilizers like Biogold, Hanagokoro, Liquid fertilizer

Irrigation: The need of water varies greatly between the individual maple species. In general maple bonsai trees should not be kept too dry. The Japanese maple in particular needs plenty of water in hot midsummer.

Pruning: Maple bonsai can be cut back vigorously with a sharp bonsai scissor and then they sprout vigorously again. Many species of maple (such as the Amur maple) get plenty of new buds even deep down on the trunk. Maple bonsai should be pinched regularly for a fine branching. Wound closure sealant should be applied to larger cuts so that the wounds close better. A defoliation cut is well tolerated by healthy trees.

Overwintering: All maple species are hardy outdoor bonsai and tolerate frost very well. We hibernate our maple trees in the unheated foil tent without any problems.

Repotting: Repot the maple trees bonsai in early March in a well drained bonsai soil (Akadama) with a stronger root cut.

Care advices for specific maple species

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