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Japanese Maple Bloodgood – Acer Palmatum (Bloodgood)

Bonsai Workshop

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Acquired a Japanese Maple from Home Depot in a off season sale. The tree was tagged as $16, thinking that it is a pretty good deal, not knowing that it ringed in as $8, which made it a REALLY good deal. The plan is to air-layer the tree to utilize the good branching up top. I will eventually work my way down towards the roots, then create a bonsai from the root. I poked around the roots prior to buying, and there seems to be some good surface roots.

After getting the tree, I spent some time inspecting the branch structures to see what branches should be kept and which ones should be removed, and decide on a new apex. The air-layer will be attempted next Spring/early Summer. In the meanwhile, I’ve created a virtual to help me visualize what I want the tree to look like.

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Will try to…

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