TRIDENT MAPLE BONSAI TREE CARE SHEET
The Trident Maple Bonsai Tree from our wholesale nursery is loved in the art of bonsai due to its tiny, three-lobed leaves and quickly thickening trunk, which gives the appearance of age. This is a fast growing tree in the wild and can easily grow up to heights of 45 feet and is a relatively common tree used in landscaping. The twisted and attractive roots are perfect for the “root over rock” technique. In the fall, the leaves will begin to fade from their vivid green to all shades of yellow, orange, and red – providing seasonal color and beauty, year after year. The attractive leaves and the swift growth makes this tree one of the most popular of the deciduous trees.
This bonsai tree will do best if kept in the full sun as it is a deciduous tree. Place it in a sunny location where it can grow and thrive outside.
You should check the moisture content of the soil regularly to make sure it is not completely dried out, as this tree is not very drought tolerant. You need to water often (especially when kept in the full sun during the summer when temperatures are high!), but do not over water as this can cause root rot and lead to a myriad of other health problems.
The Trident Maple should be kept outside most of the year, but needs to be offered frost protection during the winter to keep the roots from freezing. This bonsai is deciduous, so it does need to enter into dormancy, but the roots should not be allowed to freeze or it could be fatal. So, when temperature begin to dip, simply move the tree inside your garage.
We recommend that you fertilize this bonsai one a week in the spring, and then back off to once every two weeks during the summer and fall. Fertilizing more in the spring will encourage rapid new growth and development early on. When Trident Maples are young, less than 5 years, you should use a fertilizer with a high nitrogen content while for older trees you should use a more balanced fertilizer.
You should trim your bonsai in the spring just before major growth occurs, and cut about 1/3 of the bigger leaves off. By removing the bigger leaves, it will encourage the growth of more, smaller leaves which will help give the tree a “miniature” look. Do not prune away leaves if the tree appears to be unhealthy, as it might stress the tree too much. If you choose to wire the tree, be careful not to break the branches when bending as they tend to be rather brittle. Also, since this is a fast growing tree, check the tightness of the wires to ensure that they are not scaring the bark of the tree as it grows. Many bonsai masters prefer to go with the root over rock technique with this tree, which allows the exposed roots to carefully grow over a rock.
We recommend that you repot once every 2 to 3 years in the spring, just before growing season is fully underway. Cut away up to 1/3 of the root ball, and remember it is better to remove the larger roots than the fine, hair-like roots. After repotting, you place the tree in a cool, shaded location for about 2 weeks to allow the roots time to regrow and recover from the “shock” of being repotted. Do not fertilize for 1 month after repotting.
The Trident Maple Bonsai Tree tends to be a healthy and disease free tree, but you do have to be on the water for caterpillars! Inspect your tree often for these little pests! If you notice chunks of leaves missing that have been eaten away, then you definitely have them. You can remove caterpillars by gently removing them with your fingers. What you do with them next is up to you!
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