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Bonsai Care For Acer Palmatum (Tree Type (Outdoors))

Acer Palmatum

Acer Palmatum - (Tree Type (Outdoors))

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Acer Palmatum Bonsai Tree Type (Outdoors) ACER PALMATUM -


This category covers a wide range of CULTIVAR>CULTIVARs including : Deshojo, Chisio, Ukon, Dissectum Atropurpurium and many others. originating from Japan they exhibit a wide range of leaf and BARK colourings.

STYLE : Upright tree suitable for most styles except literati.

WARNING : Prefers dappled shade. Needs protection from scorching by exposure to the hottest sumMEr sun. Susceptible to APHIDS and SCALE INSECT.

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LOCATION : Needs light but direct sun can scorch LEAVES so semi/dappled shade is preferred.  Needs protection from drying winds and frost.

REPOT : Every 2 years while young, and less frequently when older, in early spring just prior to BUD>BUD burst.

SOIL : Ideally Akadama or 40:60 GRIT:organic. Ph. 6.0-8.0

PRUNE : Late winter for main branches. Trim new SHOOTS to one or two pairs of leaves in spring.

PINCH : Remove large leaves mid-sumMEr to reduce leaf size.

WATER : DAI>DAIly throughout growing season but infrequently during winter months.

FEED : BALANCED FEED every two weeks during spring/summer. Low nitrogen in autumn to prevent weakening in leaf colour.

PH VALUE : 6.0 - 8.0

WARNING : Prefers dappled shade. Needs protection from scorching by exposure to the hottest summer sun. Susceptible to APHIDS and SCALE INSECT.

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