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William N. Valavanis

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Koto hime'
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2014, 09:35 AM »
Pruning is removing plant tissue.

NOW is the best time to drastically prune maples (when the buds begin to swell) in warmer areas, still cold and snowy here.

Sometimes a bit of sap may bleed from the cuts, but I've never seen any damage pruning now, but I've only been doing this for 50 years. Perhaps someone with greater experience ha different results.

I've never ever seen a plant "bleed to death" or whatever that means, I've read that a lot.

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Koto hime'
« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2014, 09:56 AM »
Thank you for the quick reply.

My question was inspired by things I read, in this case almost always the discouragement of pruning maples in spring.
However I am familiar with who you are and what you deliver, so I'm willing to take your advice to heart. Without reyling on the authority argument  ;).



 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Koto hime'
« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2014, 12:48 PM »
Bill,
Thanks for the encouragement. I took some cuttings as suggested.  I've got them with a bit of bottom heat. Does Sharpes Pygmy root well from cuttings? Also is there a tutorial you might recommend on cuttings for Japanese Maples?

I'll post pictures when I can.  The files are to big from my phone, and I need to figure out hoe to reduce them.

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Koto hime'
« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2014, 12:19 AM »
My before and after.
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Koto hime'
« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2014, 12:20 AM »
Also should I be worried about this black spot?
 

William N. Valavanis

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Koto hime'
« Reply #20 on: February 26, 2014, 07:23 AM »
Larry,

I'd worry more about the bugs (white spots) on the trunk. Wash the trunk, being careful not to injure the dormant buds, with dish soap (Dawn) and Superthrive first.

I took a look at your pruned maple. I'd cut it down in half again. The main trunk and main branches are way too long.

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Koto hime'
« Reply #21 on: February 26, 2014, 08:15 AM »
Ok, thanks.  The tree with no limbs is inspiring.
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Koto hime'
« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2014, 11:00 AM »
After more pruning.
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Koto hime'
« Reply #23 on: February 27, 2014, 12:19 PM »
Did you transplant and root prune?
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Koto hime'
« Reply #24 on: February 27, 2014, 12:53 PM »
No, I want to but thought it would be better to wait until next year.  Do you guys think I should re-pot it this year?  I'd be more than happy to move it into some actual bonsai soil.  Would you recommend an Anderson pot, or a dollar store colander?

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Larry Aldrich
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Re: Acer palmatum 'Koto hime'
« Reply #25 on: February 27, 2014, 03:16 PM »
A box or a pot,looks like it was quite strong. Repot and remove all of the remnant tap root. You don 't want anything growing down from the trunk.
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Koto hime'
« Reply #26 on: February 27, 2014, 03:25 PM »
A box or a pot,looks like it was quite strong. Repot and remove all of the remnant tap root. You don 't want anything growing down from the trunk.
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Koto hime'
« Reply #27 on: February 27, 2014, 03:27 PM »
I would suggest an oversized bonsai container with a coarse soil mix. Don't worry about tap roots. Your plant is a cutting and they do not develop tap roots. But play close attention the the trunk base and surface roots.
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Koto hime'
« Reply #28 on: February 27, 2014, 06:26 PM »
Sorry, was referring to large down growing roots.
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Koto hime'
« Reply #29 on: February 27, 2014, 07:15 PM »
Guys sorry to be a dope but I'm not sure how large the pot should be?