Ok, I've been reading a lot about my maple and as per usual, getting a lot of contrasting information.
This Trident is my best maple and is the one I want to spend most of my attention on. So here are a few questions.
When to re-pot: Some say fall after the leaves drop. Some say spring just before budding. Which is better? Does it matter?
Defoliating: I'd like to reduce my leaf size but the information I'm reading is highly contradictory. Some say never. Some say only once every two years. Some say half defoliation. Some say always defoliate the entire tree so the tree doesn't abandon those limbs defoliated. Very very confusing. And when would be the best time to defoliate?
Pruning. I need ramification and shorter internodes. Is this better done when re-potting OR if I re-pot in the spring should I prune during dormancy? Or vice-versa for a fall re-pot (see re-pot question above) to prune just before spring?
Wiring: Most of what I'm reading says wire during the winter while the leaves are off the tree. Yes, no, maybe so?
Any help from anyone with maple experience or just overall bonsai knowledge would be highly appreciated.