Starting a Bonsai, Update
An update on the Japanese maple twin trunk bonsai picture article I posted in May.
As can be seen, the starter bonsai maples are growing healthily; now is the time to start feeding at the dilutions recommended by the manufacturer. I use Phostrogen for the high nitrogen, and Tomorite for the tomato feed, never feed on to dry compost, the feed will burn the roots, so dampen first, then feed; bonsai should be evenly damp at all times anyway.
Feed the maples once per week until about mid July with Phostrogen: 1.5 teaspoon of the white powder in one imperial gallon of water, feed foliage and compost.
Followed by One week rest, then:
Once per week with Tomorite: 20ml in one imperial gallon, foliage and compost, feed until about mid September.
The maple roots feel sturdy and vigorous in the pot, I may start a little light wiring to better place the trunks; however, this is not yet necessary and is probably best left until next season.
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