Bonsai Maple Palmato – Bonsai Questions and Answers

Good morning. I’m Katia, I live in Turin and I’ve recently become fond of bonsai. I am new and I know very little about these essences, but I would love to learn and have as much information as possible to better treat my Maple Palmato, bought a week ago. I wanted to know especially about watering. How do you give the water and after how long you have to give it back? And if there is any special care. I await your advice and suggestions … Thank you in advance! Best regards…

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Response : Bonsai Maple Palmato

Dear Katia,

Bonsai cultivation is a millenary art, which leads those who practice it to have the ability to grow common plants, those that you can see in all gardens, in small pots, allowing them to develop at their best, but with small size, almost miniaturized. This type of cultivation involves the learning and constant use of a long series of techniques, which go beyond the simple breeding of a plant.

I advise you to approach this art calmly, trying to learn the best of each technique, starting from the basic ones, as well as learning to know the plants we buy and grow them at their best. To get a good bonsai, you have to start from a well-cultivated plant.

Consider that your maple in nature can develop for a few meters in height, and is native to temperate areas of Asia, so in Italy can safely live in the garden, but with some limitations, due to the fact that it is placed in a small pot, and in a little land.

Palm trees are not afraid of frost, but it is clear that the earthen bread around the roots of a bonsai should be protected in case of persistent and intense frost, I do not know where you live, but if your bonsai will be left exposed to frost, it will be good to cover the pot with agritourism, so as to prevent freezing.

The palm trees live in nature in full sun, or in the middle of the shade; also in this case, to avoid that the scorching sun of July and August dries up all the soil in a few hours, usually from May until the first cool of August, we prefer to keep the bonsai in the middle of the shade, away from direct sunlight of the hottest hours of the day, but still in a bright area, with a few hours of direct sunlight in the morning.

At the arrival of the autumn cooler, you can think of moving the bonsai to the full sun. Watering is provided when the soil is dry, allowing it to dry perfectly, this means that in winter we can avoid watering (when the bonsai will be without leaves), but from spring it is important to water regularly, as soon as you notice that the bread appears dry.

Preferably, especially when you are new to the game, it is advisable to water the bonsai by immersion: take a large bowl or tub, place the pot on the bottom, fill gently with water until you reach the outer edge of the pot, and wait until, by capillarity, the water has reached the surface of the ground. Then let the pot drain, and place it in its place outdoors.

This operation will have to be done once a week in spring, but in full summer it might be necessary to do it every two days, or even more often, depending on the rains, the size of the pot, where you live, the exposure to which the plant is kept. Start to learn how to cultivate your bonsai, next year you can start to learn how to prune it, how to repot it pruning its roots, how to place any metal wires to shape the branches.

It begins to consider the fact that bonsai are not special essences, as some mistakenly think: theoretically any plant can be grown as bonsai, from baobab to violets.

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