Trident Maple Bonsai, a bonsai tree with a natural cycle of shed and regrowth of its leaves, comes from areas, especially in China, or, Tawain, with temperate climates. This miniature tree variety is easy to train as a bonsai and very lovely.
Even though the trident maple bonsaihas maple leaves for its foliage the growers of this tree should avoid cold outdoor conditions that may display frost. Frost will damage this plant.
A trident maple bonsai will grow quite fast for its planter and grower, the maximum growth occurring in the spring of any particular region. Soil needs to be the type that allows for maximum drainage, yet you should also keep this bonsai plant highly hydrated with a solid watering schedule. There are other maple bonsai varieties to be enjoyed too such as the Japanese Maple, the Vine Maple or the Amur Maple. The trident maple is one of the most sought after although for home growth and bonsai training. It is considered to be a great bonsai for beginners.
Getting the bonsai started requires cuttings from a healthy ‘trident maple bonsai’ plant or seeds. The ideal time for collecting your cutting would be in the early summer or late spring. Supplying your cutting with a rooting hormone won’t hurt either. If you would rather use the seeds be certain to collect them in the end of the fall. It is important to wash these collected seeds in fungicide, choose a mild fungicide, and then place them in some king of plastic container to be placed in the refrigerator. The seeds should be stored like this for somewhere around two months before being transferred to the pellet tray and watered with water that has been lightly warmed. These seeds will swell at which point the pellet trays should be inspected for proper drainage. The seeds can now go onto the peat and into the bonsai pots. Add soil and sunshine and let grow enough to choose the stronger seedlings of the batch.
A bit more advanced of a gardener might like to air propagate for a new plant. This method of getting a new bonsai plant should be attempted in the end of the spring season directly upon the occasion of hardening off of the plant. Make a cut or a slit in the trunk of the plant, position a container around this cut that has been filled with moist soil and sphagnum. In about two months, if not sooner, there will be roots that have formed into the extra soil. The container of soil and the new bonsai roots are then divided from the trunk of the original bonsai plant to begin the cultivation of the new one.
Shaping the bonsai’s growing limbs is done with wiring and pruning of the plant. The bonsai should also be contained in the proper ‘bon’ or pot to help in limiting the size it may reach at maturity. The Trident Maple, when pruned accordingly, will grow higher branches for its owner, making this a bonsai that can acquire impressive height while still maintaining the miniature effect that bonsai is all about. All this guiding of the plant’s growth needs to be done during the first of spring with the exception of the largest branches, where any training should be done late fall. Either way wiring should never be too terribly snug as this will make marks and wounds on your bonsai plant. The fact that these plant enjoy a rapid growth pattern makes it mandatory to avoid too firm of a hold with the wires.
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