Bonsai

Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum

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plant widely used in Japan as a bonsai, originally from Asia, in nature it can reach 9-10 meters in height; it has a very dense conical crown with 5-7 lobed, light green leaves which turn red-orange in autumn. Very decorative, it presents some cultivation difficulties, being quite delicate, however it can also be cultivated by a beginner who wants to try a small specimen.


Pruning and exposure

Pruning is done when the vegetation picks up again in the spring and in the end in the autumn; in summer they trim and bud leaving two to three leaves. Healthy specimens can be defoliated in May to help decrease the size of the leaves. The metal wire can be applied all year round.

With regard to exposure, maple is a fairly delicate plant that needs bright positions, but away from the sun's rays and the wind. In summer, when the weather is particularly hot, it is good to shade it; in winter the pot and roots are protected with non-woven fabric on the coldest days.

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