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BonsaiEngineer1493

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Purchasing Japanese Maple
« on: November 25, 2013, 11:45 PM »
Hey Guys!

I found a Japanese Maple that I would be interested in purchasing, but I'm not sure if its a good idea to purchase a tree while its dormant. Any advice?

Thanks,
Nick
 

bwaynef

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Re: Purchasing Japanese Maple
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2013, 08:38 AM »
Winter care is something you'll have to work out, but buying the tree when dormant (and without leaves) lets you see the structure that leaves would hide.
 

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Re: Purchasing Japanese Maple
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2013, 03:34 PM »
I think it is a great time to buy potential stock, as you can see what you are getting above the soil, and also get it repotted into a soil that you know.

Fixing the roots first, getting it growing strongly is the best advice for purchasing.
 

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Re: Purchasing Japanese Maple
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2013, 06:03 PM »
I think you need to provide more information before any reasonable advice can be given, stuff like:

How big is it?
Do you know that you would be getting a good deal, buying now (as opposed to next spring)?
Do you know if it is a special cultivar (e.g. kiyo hime, tsutsushigata) or is it a generic green japanese maple (green acer palmatum)?
Have you looked closely for/at leaf buds on all the branches (i.e., a branch with no buds is a dead branch)?
 

BonsaiEngineer1493

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Re: Purchasing Japanese Maple
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2013, 10:47 AM »
I decided to purchase it. Its a Japanese red maple (shohin) that is about 8" from the soil line. It is a triple trunk from the roots. I was always fond of that style. There is a chop on one of the trunks. I would like to hear your critique!

Thanks,
Nick 
 

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Re: Purchasing Japanese Maple
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2013, 08:19 AM »
I love how the last leaves, and latest shoots match the table stain. Something to consider for Fall displays in the future.

It seems a rough nebari, but the tree shows great promise.

Good buy. ?$  I hope!  ;)
 

BonsaiEngineer1493

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Re: Purchasing Japanese Maple
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2013, 09:54 AM »
$100
 

Jerry Norbury

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Re: Purchasing Japanese Maple
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2013, 11:05 AM »
Nice. That is not a ridiculous US price.

Looks like we have the same taste, btw; I really like these small Japanese Maples - in fact, just bought another one at the Lodder sale last Saturday. I also like these multi-trunk things so I also bought a multi-trunk Korean Hornbeam at the same time. Here are some photos from last week and today.
 

BonsaiEngineer1493

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Re: Purchasing Japanese Maple
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2013, 10:45 AM »
Very good looking trees Jerry! My maple arrived last week. Will most up pictures in a new topic for your thoughts.