Bonsai using Acer Palmatum

Bonsai trees are an ancient Japanese art of growing artificially dwarfed or miniature versions of ornamental trees in containers. The cultivation technique is designed to imitate the shape of full-sized trees. Also, Japanese maple is one of the most exotic trees used as a bonsai tree..



How to Grow And Care For Acer Palmatum Bonsai

Acer Palmatum Bonsai can be grown from seed or propagated by cutting. The more common propagation method is by cutting.

Acer palmatum Orange Dream

Acer palmatum Orange Dream

To grow Acer Palmatum Bonsai, first, take a cutting from the Japanese maple tree you want to grow and prepare the cutting by making two cuts on the stem and scraping the bark in between. Then dust with rooting hormone or gel and secure with a plastic bag. After a couple of weeks, the roots should begin sprouting through the plastic bag.

Acer Palmatum Atropurpureum

Acer Palmatum Atropurpureum

Leave the roots to thicken then replant in a bonsai pot. Secure the new plant with stakes because the movement of the plant can damage its newly established roots.

How big should an Acer Palmatum Bonsai be?

At maturity, they are about 5-6 inches in length and diameter.

Acer palmatum 'Seiryu'

Acer palmatum ‘Seiryu’

Acer Palmatum Bonsai Growing conditions

Acer Palmatum Bonsai are low-maintenance plants.

Soil: It needs moist, organically rich, well-draining, and slightly acidic soil with a pH of 5.5 -6. Add a layer of stone or pebbles at the bottom of the bonsai pot to support drainage,

Water: It has average water needs and should be kept moist regularly but not soggy to avoid root rot.

Light: Partial shade is best for this tree.

Temperature and humidity: They are slightly frost hardy but can only survive short periods of cold weather and should be protected from harsh winters by relocation indoors.

Pruning: Regular pruning is required to maintain the aesthetic and shape of a Japanese maple Bonsai tree and it should be done in its active growing months in spring and summer.

Acer palmatum Bihou - Bi Ho Golden Bark Japanese Maple Bi Hoo - LARGE SPECIMEN

Acer palmatum Bihou – Bi Ho Golden Bark Japanese Maple Bi Hoo

What position is best to grow Acer bonsai?

The best position is west-facing, east-facing, or south-facing where it can get morning sunlight and dappled sunlight in the afternoon.

Which colours are best for Acer bonsai trees?

Its delicate foliage usually starts as green and turns gold or orange with the season before ending with a deep red shade in autumn.

Further Reading

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