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Starting a Bonsai, Update

Updated on May 23, 2012

Maple update

Twin Trunk Maple, One Month On
Twin Trunk Maple, One Month On

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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      MickS 5 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Thanks for the visit and comment InterstC.

      best

      Mick

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      InterestCaptured 5 years ago

      I never thought to wet the soil before providing nutrients to increase dispersion, good advice!

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      MickS 6 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Watcha Rutley, again,

      Ah, the Turner copy, a little thing I knocked up practising pastels, self taught.

      best

      Mick

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      MickS 6 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Thanks for the visit and comment R, best of luck with your bonsai, never tried an avocado,it always struck me asd too much bother with all those sticks an crap:-) Thanks for the kind words on the painting.

      best

      Mick

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      rutley 6 years ago from South Jersey

      Hey Mick,

      Voted up and I've been doing these types of maples in NJ for a couple of years. It is rewarding but sure takes a while! My avocado smoothie recipe also tells folks how to grow their own tree. It's simple, and you don't need those sticks and crap. Just throw the seed in a pot and step away! One more thing, your landscape painting was awesome in the questions! Are you self taught like me?

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      MickS 6 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Watcha Ethel,

      sadly it isn't, I went into hospital for 3 months in March (stroke) and the smaller of the 2 didn't survive the lack of care.

      best

      Mick

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Sweet plants. Hope it is still around

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      MickS 7 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Thanks for the visit and comment, Silver P.

      best

      Mick

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      Silver Poet 7 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      I like bonsai trees. Got any more info?

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      MickS 7 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Thanks for the visit and comment W-T.

      best

      Mick

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      World-Traveler 7 years ago from USA

      Bonsai tree growing is a favorite hobby for many people around the world. Tending a Bonsai tree is like orchestrating fine art.

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      MickS 7 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Thanks for the visit and comment, Tracy.

      I've never had a go at growing avocado, I understand that you poke a wooden cocktail stick just enough into each end so that the stone can be balanced on a glass of water?

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      Tracy 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Very helpful!! Thank you. Do you know how to start an avocado plant? Mine haven't taken root at all:(

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      MickS 7 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Thanks Billy,

      there's nothing else really to update on this one until next spring, it's got healthy, but slow growth; that is the way for the 1st season the roots are cut.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Thanks for the update - we get a real life Bonsai growing experience.

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      MickS 7 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      thanks Story,

      I do all my own photography and growing, well, nature does the growing, I help the designing:-)

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      Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      OMG are you actually photographing your bonsai and showing it move from stage to stage? You are brilliant. I love this. I am going to have to remember to check back!!!

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      MickS 7 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Thanks Eric

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      eric 7 years ago

      good update on the earlier hub

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