As with all plants, the red maple bonsai also cannot tolerate excess water, which could cause root rot. Watering depends on many factors: the substrate, the climatic conditions, the drainage, the position of the pot. But we can extrapolate some general indications to always keep in mind for the care of your plant: first of all before watering the maple bonsai red, check if the soil is damp. Provide more water only when you are about to dry. it is useful to use humidity detectors to be able to orient yourself. Also use a watering can with small holes to be able to better regulate. If you exceed in watering you will add a saucer with pellets. The red maple bonsai does not need spraying, it does not need excessive humidity. During the winter / autumn season, water early in the morning. Instead, during the summer, do it in the evening.
The red maple bonsai an elegant and resistant plant that with a few essential care will be able to keep itself at its full beauty. It should be placed in a sunny place inside the apartment, but with some precautions. In fact, in summer it should not be exposed directly to sunlight, but placed in a shady place, as the strong brightness causes burns to the maple bonsai red. When the sun is less strong, in spring, the bonsai can be exposed in a sunny place, so that there is an optimal vegetative recovery. During the hottest season, to avoid drying, it is possible to place a saucer of water mixed with gravel. Pruning is very important for the red maple, a fundamental operation for all bonsai lovers. It must be carried out exclusively during the period of complete inactivity of the bonsai: that is, from November to early February. Each cut must be covered with healing paste.
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The red maple bonsai it must be fertilized exclusively during the vegetative restart period: from March to September, excluding July and August, and the flowering months. The fertilization interval will be approximately 15 – 20 days: a slow-release fertilizer, specific for bonsai, will be used, which will be mixed with the water for watering and administered in this way to the plant. Fertilization is very important for bonsai, because due to its small size, the substrate does not provide all the necessary nutrients. it is preferable to use suitable fertilizers for deciduous bonsai, easily available on the market. In spring the fertilization will be light, however, after the summer recovery, it must be more abundant, to then make up for the need for nutrients in the winter months and when the red maple bonsai will have to flourish again. further fertilization after repotting, which must be done every two years in spring.
The red maple bonsai if grown correctly should not have major problems. However it can be attacked by animal parasites: aphids, scale insects, spider mites (Tetranichus urticae), etc … Pine oil can be used to clean the plant. It will be administered manually to all the leaves, and at a later time the whitish encrustations will be removed with a toothbrush. But if the oil is not enough, on the market you can buy excellent chemical or biological insecticides, to be diluted in the watering and regularly administered to the red maple bonsai. During the flowering period they should not be used at all. The red maple bonsai – during the autumn period – could have the mal bianco or manna or powdery mildew (scientific name: Microsphaera alphitoides). a fungus that can cause many problems to your bonsai: it is characterized by the discoloration of the leaves, which will have a whitish patina, and will deform them conspicuously. It also sticks to the buds of your red maple bonsai. To cure the white disease you must first of all have a specific fungicide available on the market, and sulfur. It is also useful to place the bonsai in a ventilated and well-lit place.
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