Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Amur maple

This maple (Acer tataricum ginnala) was purchased from a local garden centre.

What attracted me to this maple was the thick trunk and exposed root. The original height was over 1/2 metre and the was reduced at the end of last year. The tops of the branches can still be seen through the leaves. These will be further reduced or removed completely once all the leaves have fallen and I can have a better idea how the new branches are forming.

The tree was repotted in spring in my own bonsai soil mix of fired clay and pine bark roughly 1/2 and 1/2. The maple had to be repotted into a deep pot because of the size of the roots. It was not possible to remove all the big roots until some finer roots have started to grow closer to the surface.

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