Good morning! My name is Katia, I live in Turin and I have recently become passionate about bonsai. I am new and know very little about these essences, but I would love to learn and have as much information as possible to better take care of my Palmato Maple, bought for a week. I especially wanted to know about watering. How do you give water and after how much do you have to give it back? And if there are special treatments. I await your advice and suggestions … Thanks in advance! Sincerely…

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Dear Katia,

bonsai cultivation is a millenary art, which leads those who practice it to have the ability to grow common plants, those you can see in all gardens, in small pots, allowing them to develop at their best, but with small, almost miniaturized dimensions . This type of cultivation involves the constant learning and use of a long series of techniques, which go beyond the simple breeding of a plant. I advise you to calmly approach this art, trying to learn every technique at its best, starting from the basic ones, as well as learning about the plants we buy and cultivating them at their best. To have a beautiful bonsai, you have to start with a well-grown plant. Consider that your maple in nature can grow for a few meters in height, and is native to temperate areas of Asia; therefore in Italy it can easily live in the garden, but with some limitations, due to the fact that it is planted in a small pot, and in a little land. The palmate maples do not fear frost, but it is clear that the earthen bread around the roots of a bonsai should be protected in case of persistent and intense frost; I don’t know where you live, but if your bonsai will be left exposed to frost, it will be good to cover the pot with some non-woven fabric, in order to prevent it from freezing. The palmate maples live in nature in full sun or partial shade; also in this case, to prevent the scorching sun of July and August from drying all the soil in a few hours, usually from May until the first cool of August, it is preferable to keep the bonsai in partial shade, away from direct sunlight. hottest of the day, but still in a bright area, with a few hours of direct sun in the morning. When the autumn harvest arrives, you can think about moving the bonsai to full sun. Watering is provided when the soil is dry, allowing it to dry perfectly; this means that in winter we will be able to avoid watering (when the bonsai will be without leaves), but starting from spring it is important to water regularly, as soon as you notice that the earthen bread appears dry. Preferably, especially when you are a beginner, it is advisable to water the bonsai by immersion: take a large bowl or tub, place the pot on it, gently fill it with water until it reaches the outer edge of the pot, and it waits until, by capillarity, the water has reached the surface of the ground. The jar is then left to drain and placed in its place outdoors. This operation will be carried out once a week in spring, but in summer it may be necessary to do it every two days, or even more often, depending on the rains, the size of the pot, where you live, the exposure to which the plant is kept. . Start learning how to grow your bonsai, next year you can start learning how to prune it, how to repot it by pruning its roots, how to place any metal wires to shape the branches. Begin to consider the fact that bonsai are not particular essences, as some mistakenly think: theoretically any plant can be grown as bonsai, from baobabs to violets.

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