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hippiekomeet

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My first bonsai (acer palmatum)
« on: May 23, 2016, 02:23 PM »
Hi

I started last year this bonsai tree . Bought it in a local garden centre . Last year i wired the tree and cutted some branches . I did it a litle to much i think . Some dead wood came in the early spring but he stil gets leaves. So i think there is still hope????.

I know it will not be a perfect bonsai tree, but for the first it will be a good tree to experiment with.

Here comes a picture if there are people who can give me tips . It would be a great welcome! I am searching the internet for info but a direct comment on the specific tree will be more helpfull than annything
 

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Re: My first bonsai (acer palmatum)
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2016, 02:25 PM »
The tree
 

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Re: My first bonsai (acer palmatum)
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2016, 02:27 PM »
Tree
 

Leo in NE Illinois

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Re: My first bonsai (acer palmatum)
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2016, 01:04 PM »
maples make great bonsai. Your tree is quite young, and could use a lot of growing before doing "finished tree bonsai techniques". I love the color of your leaves.

Read the articles on growing trunks for bonsai and on maples as bonsai on the Evergreen Gardenworks website.

http://www.evergreengardenworks.com/articles.htm

It took me many years to realize that most bonsai spend most of their life as much larger trees in nursery size containers, before being reduced to the small sizes they are exhibited at. While you are growing trunks and the main branches, often none of the "finished bonsai" techniques are used. Rarely are young trees wired, and they are only pruned once or twice a year, not to make them small, but to encourage the leader to continue to get taller, and eliminate nearly all the branching, until the trunk is the desired diameter, then branching is encouraged. Read the articles, it is explained in depth there. You are in the "pre-bonsai" phase of development for your tree.

The variety you have is a nice variety for bonsai, it could make a great tree in 5 to 10 years.