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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Ishmeet Panesar (Brampton, CA)
Good store, great products

The store, customer service, products are all great. Its possible that I may have had a bad experience with the orders. I asked for a Red maple and some other products but I was never billed for the other things i wanted (It was mainly shears). Additionally I would prefer if they had a location to pick up supplies and if I could get akadama and pumice in larger quantities.

Overall its a very good store, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in bonsai despite the experience I had.

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April Crawford (Edmonton, CA)
The only store to buy Bonsai

I have purchased a few Bonsai online from here and every one was in perfect condition. Very well packaged, plant was in excellent condition. Plan on buying many more! My Snow Rose is my pride and joy, it is growing daily.My Red Maple is just beautiful, they are all beautiful!

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