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BonsaiEngineer1493

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Is it too late?
« on: March 08, 2014, 02:36 PM »
I received Japanese Maple this past February. It is currently leafing out -earlier than all my other maples. When it first arrived bare rooted, I placed it into a pot, but the pot was not roomy. I plan on transplanting it into another pot so there is more space between the roots and the inner circumference of the pot. Should I wait until next year when the buds will be swelled up after dormancy or is it not to late to transplant now when the tree is leafing out?

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Nick
 

Jerry Norbury

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Re: Is it too late?
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2014, 03:34 PM »
I see no problem if you are not pruning roots.
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Is it too late?
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2014, 03:52 PM »
A photo would help, but simply upsizing the pot should be okay.
 

BonsaiEngineer1493

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Re: Is it too late?
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2014, 04:50 PM »
Photos...
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Is it too late?
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2014, 06:02 PM »
No problem repotting that one.  You can do root work too.
 

Gaffer

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Re: Is it too late?
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2014, 08:30 PM »
How big was the root ball. The pot seems big enough for the tree as is. Why not wait till the fall, or even next spring.
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Dave Murphy

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Re: Is it too late?
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2014, 08:35 PM »
Perfect time to do repot with rootwork.  If the tree needs the root work, don't put it off.  By the way, where are you keeping your tree that it's waking up in early March?
 

BonsaiEngineer1493

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Re: Is it too late?
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2014, 09:44 PM »
Perfect time to do repot with rootwork.  If the tree needs the root work, don't put it off.  By the way, where are you keeping your tree that it's waking up in early March?

Dave, I got the tree from California (lotus bonsai nursery). The tree was dormant but the buds were swell. The weather in NYC got really bad -mostly below freezing temperatures. I decided to bring it into my garage where the temperature is a constant 45F. Eventually it woke up and I noticed how the first leaf was yellow. It needed light fast so I brought it inside a cool place in my home. Now it is by a windowsill. I bring it out when its sunny +40F and I recently purchased a grow light.
 

Dave Murphy

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Re: Is it too late?
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2014, 09:10 AM »
Got it.  It sounds like the tree was just beginning to break dormancy.  Still even trees like this should be kept as cold as possible, without hard freezing, to slow down bud break.  You probably know this, but in the future, don't be afraid of letting Japanese maples freeze solid each winter and stay that way for a long time.  My maples, in MA, would freeze solid and stay that way for 3-4 months each winter.  This past January, all my maples were exposed to a temp of 2 F in my backyard...they were on the ground with leaves placed on the pots.  All have buds swelling right now.  The garage is fine for overwintering, but you're seeing the problem with keeping your tree at too warm a temp, and 45 F is too warm to maintain dormancy or even slow bud break.  Even now, there's nothing wrong with keeping the tree cold, but not freezing.  Once the leaves unfurl, it really needs to be outside if it isn't close to freezing...mid to upper 30's are fine.  Just don't let it freeze.
 

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Re: Is it too late?
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2014, 08:41 PM »
Dave
I had no idea your winters were so cold. Your way down there. Some of my maples are already on their second set of leaves. Funny having never travelled in your area I always thought your winters were very mild, Tuscan like.
Qualicum Brian