Red Maple

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Excellent tree for the beginner bonsai enthusiast with beautiful green leaves changing colours in the fall—a must-have bonsai.


Red Maples (Acer Rubrum) are vigorous growers with relatively small leaves and can develop large trunks and quickly look much older than they are. One of the easiest of the maples to grow, the red in the fall colour, is a sight to behold. 
 

These are not seeds - But Actual Bonsai Tree

Please see our Choosing a Bonsai page, for the age and dimensions regarding the different stages of our Bonsai (Baby, Young, & Mature).

 

 

Soil (Substrate)

Bonsai soils are usually a mixture of organic potting compost (Pine Bark or Forest Floor), Akadamapumice, lava rock in varying amounts. 

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)

50% Akadama

20% Pumice

20% Lava Rock

10% Potting Compost

 

Coniferous Tree (Evergreen like Juniper, Cedar)

1/3 Akadama

1/3 Pumice

1/3 Lava Rock

 

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. 

 

Fertilizer

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.

  

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Khalid Rafiq (Calgary, CA)

Red Maple

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Kathy Kerr (Richmond Hill, CA)
Love my young Japanese Red Maple

Received my JRM perfectly protected and very healthy! He’s going to receive lots of TLC in our home! Thanks so much! Hoping some young Tridents become available soon too!

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Bill (Woodbridge, CA)
Red Maple satisfaction

very impressed with service, packaging, easy pickup now just waiting for spring to so it bud

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Philippe C. (Montreal, CA)
Such a surprise

Beautiful tree with a surprising bark resembling a Japanese Maple. Can’t wait for spring to see its leaves! Highly recommend.

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Odin (Powell River, CA)

the red maple was my least favourite of my order, very few leaves, very skinny branch cloned. super happy with my order overall ive been recommending this site to friends

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