Have you ever wanted to grow a Japanese Maple indoors? Well, now you can! All you need is to know how to care for a Japanese Maple Bonsai. But before you add this miniature beauty to your home or office, let’s take a closer look at some Japanese Maple Bonsai care tips.
Japanese Maple Bonsai
Native to Japan, China, Russia, and Mongolia, a full-grown Japanese Maple is a stunning sight. With bright red, purple, orange, or green leaves, this tree makes a dramatic statement that works in nearly any backyard. A Japanese Maple Bonsai comes from the very same seeds as a regular Japanese Maple tree. However, the way the tree is cultivated results in the miniature or Japanese Maple Bonsai that you can keep indoors.
Japanese Maple Bonsai Care Guide
Before you invest time and money in a Japanese Maple Bonsai, it’s a good idea to learn more about the kind of care this plant will need. To get you started, here’s a brief Japanese Maple Bonsai care guide.
Japanese Maple Bonsai love the sun, but when it gets too hot, they prefer indirect sunlight. Placing your Japanese Maple indoors, somewhere where they can get a lot of indirect sunlight is best. The Japanese Maple Bonsai is fairly resistant to frost. However, this bonsai will need protection if/when the temperature drops below 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
You will need to water your Japanese Maple Bonsai at least once a day. In particularly warm conditions, it will require water multiple times a day. Make sure that your Japanese Maple Bonsai is planted in a pot with good drainage. This will help to keep the tree healthy as you water.
To maintain a well-manicured Japanese Maple Bonsai indoors, it’s a good idea to trim twigs and shoots as needed. To prevent fungal infection, invest in a cut paste product to protect your Bonsai. For more information on pruning and trimming your Japanese Maple Bonsai, contact your local garden center.
You shouldn’t use fertilizers on your Japanese Maple Bonsai that include ingredients like a high concentration of nitrogen. This ingredient will cause the Bonsai to grow larger leaves. The best fertilizer to use on your Japanese Maple Bonsai is a simple, solid, organic fertilizer. You’ll find this type of fertilizer at your local garden center.
Pests & Fungus
Unfortunately, Japanese Maple Bonsai are prone to certain pests. Aphids can be a problem, especially in the spring. To avoid an infestation, you can use a regular insecticide spray.
Japanese Maple Bonsai can also catch a fungus known as Verticillium. This fungus is not treatable. In fact, it will spread to other healthy plants indoors. You can tell if your Bonsai has Verticillium if you see black spots in fresh cuts. The best thing to do in this situation is to dispose of your Bonsai and thoroughly clean your gardening tools.
Bonsai soil & Repotting
Its important to repot and prune the roots every couple of years for most bonsais. Bonsai soil doesn’t last forever, it has a lifespan of about 2 years, most bonsai soil mixtures include Akadama, lava rock, organic compost and other natural material that provide grit.