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Japanese Maple Bonsai - The Best Bonsai Tree

Updated on June 9, 2012

For most people, the Japanese maple bonsaitree is one of the most popular choices.  This bonsai tree is highly recommended for those who are trying their hand in bonsai tree caring for the very first time since the Japanese maple bonsaitree requires very little care and maintenance.  On top of that, this type of bonsai tree can liven up any living room or office all year round, especially in the autumn when the leaves turn red, orange and gold, adding a splash of color to your room or office. 

If you are considering in getting a Japanese maple bonsaitree to decorate your home or office space, here are some things to keep in mind.

Japanese Maple Bonsai

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Choosing your Japanese Maple Bonsai

There are over 300 different varieties of Japanese maples that are made into bonsai trees.  If you have already some training and would like to create your very own Japanese maple bonsaitree, select one with a trunk that is about four inches in diameter.  This will allow you to train your Japanese maple tree to grow in whichever bonsai tree style that you fancy. 

Caring for your Japanese Maple Bonsai

Just like other bonsai trees, the roots of your Japanese maple bonsaitree must be kept moist.  Regularly water your bonsai tree with the use of a water spritzer with an adjustable nozzle to ensure that you do not drown your bonsai tree, causing the roots and branches to rot and decay. Too much watering can also cause the development of mildew on your bonsai tree, which is a common problem with this particular bonsai tree specie.  Japanese maples do not require as much sunlight as compared to other bonsai trees.  So make sure that your bonsai tree is placed is a slightly shady area so that it could get just the right amount of sunlight it needs. At the same time, make sure that you provide the right amount of fertilizer to your bonsai tree.  The best time to apply fertilizer to the soil of your bonsai tree is during late winter until early spring.  Do not apply fertilizer after repotting your bonsai tree or during the summer season.

Pruning and Shaping

It is also important to prune your bonsai tree on a regular basis.  Since this is still growing, pruning the roots and branches of your bonsai tree would ensure that you are able to keep it at the height that you want and also maintain the style that you desire.  Once in a while, you will need to shape your tree, especially in the first few years to train your bonsai tree into the style that you want.  Spring is the best time to shape your Japanese maple bonsai tree.  This is because it is during this season when new shoots spring up.  Pinch back the new shoots that have at least four nodes in them half an inch longer than you desire in order to provide space for dieback and cover these shoots with pruning paste.

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