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Species Specific => Japanese Maple Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: TimC on December 04, 2012, 02:16 PM

Title: Wiring of Japanese Maple
Post by: TimC on December 04, 2012, 02:16 PM
Is the correct time to wire in the spring after repot (and root clean-up(?
Title: Re: Wiring of Japanese Maple
Post by: 0soyoung on December 04, 2012, 06:16 PM
Except for new sprouts, Japanese Maples are very brittle. The new growth is supple but its girth enlarges quickly - wire it in spring and the wire will need to be removed within 6 weeks. Aside from guying branches I don't wire JMs - cut and grow.
Title: Re: Wiring of Japanese Maple
Post by: MatsuBonsai on December 04, 2012, 07:44 PM
I usually wire mine early spring, and then again around mid June.  They grow fast in spring, so keep an eye on aggressive growth and scarring.  Fall wiring can be done too, if protected.  I usually do root cleanup in fall, repotting in spring. 

Wiring is your friend.

Check out Peter's post on his trident project, http://peterteabonsai.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/2-trident-maple-project-cont/ (http://peterteabonsai.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/2-trident-maple-project-cont/)
Title: Re: Wiring of Japanese Maple
Post by: paulpash on January 02, 2013, 04:14 PM
What do you mean by 'root cleanup' ?
Title: Re: Wiring of Japanese Maple
Post by: MatsuBonsai on January 02, 2013, 06:21 PM
Soji.  Fall cleanup.  Refreshing the top 1" (give or take) of soil.  Rake out from the trunk with bent nose tweezers.  Removes the spent fertilizer remnants, weeds/seeds, insects/pests/eggs.