Japanese Red Maple Bonsai

A Japanese red maple bonsai tree will require careful tending and pruning especially when young to train the branches. They are sold both as beginning young trees and as well tended older trees in the twelve year old range. Their brilliant red foliage creates a very dramatic effect and can range in color from an orange to a purplish hue. These trees are more difficult to grow when young due to the leaves containing less chlorophyll than green leaves. The Japanese red maple bonsai is one of the showier trees with a solid well formed trunk and delicate leaves.

Raising a Japanese Red Maple Bonsai

Raising a Japanese red maple bonsai begins with choosing a tree. They are developed from the Acer Palmatum which begins with many traits that are desirable in a bonsai tree such as showing both adult and juvenile characteristics. Choices when buying include beginning from seeds, trees that are approximately six inches tall or more mature trees with trunks up to four inches. Adult trees that have already been prepared for bonsai trees are also available for purchase. Dwarfed Japanese red maple are sometimes used for bonsai as well as their leaves continuously change color, presenting a spectacular foliage show.

After choosing a Japanese red maple for use in bonsai, many people will prune the lower stems to allow for a six inch tall trunk. This allows the trunk to be bent and turned if desired as well as giving a tree like appearance in the final bonsai. The leaves will reduce in time to a smaller size after the roots and upper portions of the tree have been properly pruned and cared for, creating a true miniature tree.

To achieve thick foliage pinching back of the first shoots that appear with bonsai tools as they are the hardiest and will spread out when pinched. Many excellent sources that deal exclusively with training and raising bonsai trees are available on the internet and often through the source where they are purchased. Specialty books are also available both online, in bookstores and through the library.

Shopping for a Japanese Red Maple Bonsai

Shopping for a Japanese red maple bonsai is easiest online due to the vast selection that is available in various stages of growth. They may be grouped together to create miniature bonsai forests, planted singly or in sets of two or three. Japanese red maple is one of the trees most ideally suited to bonsai because of the ease with which it will adapt and for its' showy coloring. Local discount stores, garden stores, flower shops and plant stores may offer a small selection of bonsai trees or be able to order them upon request. Occasionally bonsai trees will be marketed en masse in malls and shopping centers.

Pricing a Japanese Red Maple Bonsai

Pricing a Japanese red maple bonsai is quite simple when ordering online. The price will vary according to the care provided from the site where they are ordered and as well as the age and size of the tree. Quantity discounts may also be available such as a site that offers one Japanese red maple starter bonsai tree for ten dollars and reduces with each tree ordered up to a savings of five trees for 45 dollars. A started but young Japanese red maple bonsai tree can be purchased beginning at 36 dollars apiece; however a well developed and more mature twelve year old tree can cost well over 100 dollars. Seeds are available with the usual offering being five seeds for less than two dollars. With many types of bonsai, young seedlings are used rather than seeds due to the length of time for them to begin growing and develop to a size that can begin training.

Japanese red maple bonsai trees are considered an outside tree however in locations which suffer hard freezes due to the size of the pot they are planted in, they should be placed in a cool area rather than wintered outdoors. Their foliage color will change if given too much shade and due to the lesser amount of chlorophyll in their leaves they will grow stronger with adequate sunlight.

Raising a Japanese red maple bonsai tree requires a working knowledge of bonsai as well as the correct tools for pruning and shaping. As with any bonsai hiding the support system is considered part of the art form when shaping and training the Japanese red maple bonsai. Proper root and foliage pruning will create the miniaturization of leaves and trunk.