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jlushious

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Japanese maple repot question
« on: March 18, 2014, 11:40 AM »
I have this small japanese maple (about as thick as my thumb), it was given to me last summer so I didn't repot it at the time (it was July). I had wanted to do it this spring because it's in standard thick garden soil. It was brought out to me from the coast a week ago. The problem is that it started leafing out from the warm car (I think) and I am not sure if it is still ok to do now, or if I have to wait another season - which I don't mind doing, I just want to give it a better chance at the growing season this year (since it's so short for me!).

It's inside right now, only going outside when it's above freezing, then coming back inside when it dips below. Our house is about 18C (65F) so it's not overly warm inside.

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BonsaiEngineer1493

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Re: Japanese maple repot question
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2014, 11:43 AM »
I had the same question. I asked it on the forum not to long ago. Check it out...

I'm going to receive two other trees this week without a pot. I don't think it's considered bare rooted because the roots will be wrapped around with a bit of soil they were in before. Therefore, I will have to find a pot and soil to put them in. In that situation I will just slip it into a pot without disturbing the roots and add soil to fit the remainder of the pot -as suggested by others. 
 
http://bonsaistudygroup.com/deciduous-bonsai-discussion/is-it-too-late/
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jlushious

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Re: Japanese maple repot question
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2014, 12:03 PM »
Awesome, I think I read that but I obviously didn't retain any of the info from the thread (oops!).

I will repot it, I don't plan to do any major rootwork, just want it to be in better soil!
 

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Re: Japanese maple repot question
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2014, 12:06 PM »
Utilizing a somewhat sharp water spray to release the soil from roots as opposed to picking and combing them out can be helpful to not disturb rootballs.  Esp. for garden soils. 
 

jlushious

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Re: Japanese maple repot question
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2014, 12:55 PM »
Perfect, thanks Judy! I did want to do a full bare-rooting, using water is a great idea.
 

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Re: Japanese maple repot question
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2014, 03:19 PM »
Jlush
After you blow off all of that garden soil just don't be so aggressive with the chopping of the roots because it is a bit late. Also if you can screw the tree to an old pizza pan or something like that and that will keep your roots perfect for that shallow pot in the future.
Qualicum Brian
 

jlushious

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Re: Japanese maple repot question
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2014, 07:13 PM »
Repotted! There wasn't much of a root mass, mostly just the larger roots, so I'm glad that I repotted it. Into a colander with way  better soil. I didn't even have to hose it down because it all just pretty much crumbled off. Didn't trim anything, but it will definitely need some root work going forward as its root mass is pretty one-sided.
 

jlushious

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Re: Japanese maple repot question
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2014, 09:27 PM »
Looks like I don't know much about maples, it started leafing out red (it was a deep red last summer when I got it) and now it's a really nice light green. Is this normal? As in, do they go through a colour change in the spring? I understand fall colour change so this wasn't really expected. I only acquired this last July so haven't' experienced a full year of seasons yet.
 

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Re: Japanese maple repot question
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2014, 06:58 AM »
Yes it is very normal. Some varieties will have very drastic changes between new growth in spring, hardened summer growth , and then fall color. I love the spring stage in between your photos on regular palmatum when the outer edges of the leaf are red and the inner leaf is green. Pictures are from last year.
 

jlushious

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Re: Japanese maple repot question
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2014, 09:31 AM »
Thanks, still learning all this stuff! Some beautiful trees you have there. Mine really is still just a stick in a pot in comparison, haha