Amur Maple (Acer Ginnala)
Although just starting to gain popularity in Bonsai circles in the past 50 years. The Amur Maple is quickly becoming a favourite, especially here in Canada. The Amur Maple is a very hardy variety that is resilient, light, drought-tolerant, and can be hard pruned easily. Budding back is almost guaranteed with an Amur Maple under the right conditions.
We are happy to finally have our first batch of nursery-grown Amur Maples available for sale. So whether you're looking for Bonsai material to start with or want to add a super-strong deciduous variety to your collection, the Amur Maple is for you.
Watering: moderate watering, making sure the soil does not completely dry out in the summer. In the winter, while dormant, very little water is needed.
Training: Like all maples, when wiring, be careful not to injure the bark. Branches and new shoots take very well to wiring. Leaf size can be reduced to under one inch when defoliated every other year.
Pruning: known to bud back very well on old wood, the Amur Maple is straightforward to prune. Even very aggressive cutting back will produce new buds.
Repotting: it is recommended to repot every other year for your trees. Do not repot on years that the tree has been defoliated; instead, alternate repotting and defoliating years.
YOUNG: 18" - 24" tall, comes in a 6" grower's pot.
These are not seeds - But an Actual Living Bonsai Tree.
Please see our Choosing a Bonsai page for the age and dimensions regarding the different stages of our Bonsai (Baby, Young, & Mature).
It is important for the soil have good water retention while also draining well, along with very good aeration. The quality of the soil directly affects the health, size and growth of your tree. One of the worst things you can do to your tree is plant it in regular garden soil. Garden soil hardens when it drys and can often lead to a disadvantage when growing a Bonsai.
Soil mixtures can be purchased here, but given their weight and cost of shipping, you can also easily make your own.
Depending on the type of Bonsai you're growing, here are the general formulas for successful mixtures.
Deciduous Tree (Leafy and looses leafs in the fall)
10% Potting Compost
Coniferous Tree (Evergreen like Juniper, Cedar)
If you are not able to check on your Bonsai's moisture levels daily, add more Akadama to the mix.
Given how these soils erode over time, repotting every 2-3 years is required.
Here are some suitable replacements if you cannot find the recommended types of soil.
- Akadama - fine fired or baked clays, some even recommend cat litter as a substitute.
- Pumice - fine crushed aggregates, expanded shale and vermiculite.
- Lava Rock - This can be replaced with fine gravel or you can also look into purchasing a larger lava rock at a hardware or gardening centre and crushing it.
One of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your Bonsai, is to add a liquid fertilizer mix when water your Bonsai's once a month during the spring/summer. If your Bonsai looses leaves in the winter there is no need to fertilize it then. If you have a coniferous tree, fertilizing the tree once in the beginning of winter and once in the middle of winter should be sufficient.