Japanese Red Maple Bonsai

When you want to put your creativity to the test growing a Japanese red maple bonsai is the way to go. In this hub we will show you everything the Japanese red maple bonsai have to offer. We first tell you something about the background. Second you can read something about the different sizes of the Japanese red maple bonsai. Further we give some tips for bonsai care and finally we have a selection of premium deals for the Japanese red maple bonsai tree.
We also have a big video collection for the beginning and medium expert bonsai enthusiast. Scroll down and begin learning and loving the bonsai!


Japanese Red Maple Bonsai Background

The Japanese maple binomial name is "acer palmatum" and comes from in Japan, Korea an China. This is a great candidate for miniature growing an sought for by many in the world. They are since 1800s commonly grown in the rest of the world and popular because of their astonishing colors and leaf shapes. The Japanese red maple bonsai shows adult and juvenile characters and therefor named cultivars. A cultivar is a cultivated variety of a plant that has specific characteristics and is selected for propagation. There are over 300 Japanese maple cultivars know with all different features.

Japanese maple varieties most suitable for bonsai training.

  1. Kiyo hime
  2. Murasaki kiyo hime
  3. Koto hime
  4. Nishiki gawa
  5. Tama hime
  6. Goshiki koto hime
  7. Sekka yatsubusa
  8. Sango kaku
  9. Katsura
  10. Kashima (Chiba)
  11. Ara kawa

Bonsai Care Tips


  • Watering blooms is a no go because the bonsai will wilt prematurely
  • Best time for watering the bonsai is in the morning. If there is frost wait until the ice is completely gone
  • The best way to check if your bonsai is in need of water is by poking your finger 2 inches into the soil. Is it dry water it.
  • Use a overhead hand held sprayer attached to the garden hose for perfect watering


  • Organic fertilizer (we use blood, bone or fish-meal) are recommended
  • Never fertilize after October and be careful with feeding a bonsai until a month after transplanting
  • Feed with a balanced fertilizer in spring, in fall keep to a 0-10-10 mixture
  • For Japanese maples a combination of organic and mineral fertilizers in a liquid form is well

Soil Recipes For Repotting:

  • Maples like a drained soil, changing your favorite recipes from time to time will result in getting the best combination for your tree

Placement & Exposure:

  • Excellent is the morning sun and the afternoon shade
  • Any sheltered area without harsh wind and without strong sunlight
  • Rotating the placement of your bonsai maple from summer to winter in your garden ensures good conditions for good health


  • Late autumn or early winter is the best time for total ramifications and to change the branches the way you like
  • For removal of major branches spring is the best time because the wounds will heal faster


  • The best time for pruning is spring
  • The leaves can be trimmed in late spring


  • Moths; laying moth balls on the soil will prevent moths laying eggs
  • Aphids; can be remedied with Safer soap or a good spraying Confidor
  • Enough sunlight and fresh air keep insects away





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