I would like to buy a really cool red maple that has multiple trunks.
Any advice before I go buy one?
What roots? These are cuttings right? Worry about roots next spring if you are lucky enough to get any.Also root pruning. What about root pruning?
I suggested that you purchase a nursery tree in order to learn their cultural requirements and to look into air layering for the twin trunk tree you initially inquired about.I finally took the advice and got myslf 2 groupings.
While these books are highly regarded by most bonsai enthusiasts they may not be the best choice for a novice.I found a book called "Bonsai Techniques" by john naka.
There is a second one called "Bonsai Techniques 2" also by john naka.
They are out of print and can only be bought used for around 35-40 dollars a peice. Should I get these books???
I own 'The Bonsai Workshop' by Gustafson and have found it useful but the pictures and the text do not always coincide with one another which makes following the sequences a little difficult. My copy Is by Gustafson alone though.I also found some other books called "The Bonsai Workshop" by Herb L. Gustafson and Craig Coussins.
I wish you luck with it but if it fails do not let it get you down, it has had a rough time of it recently. The next time you are at the nursery look at the Junipers there. Nursery stock can make decent bonsai especially if you choose wisely. By the way it is not too late to work on Junipers so if you do find one perhaps you can make some progress with it this year.It would have been better if you had not been so hasty. Apparently you root-pruned it and replanted it in the same soil it came in. Correct? Junipers really benefit from a very gritty, free draining medium. Junipers can suffer from root rot if they are kept consistently wet and a medium that is finely textured and heavy in organic matter is more difficult to manage.
Atleast 5years. These trees grow pretty slowly, to my experience with them, and you have picked the longest route to take. I have a few little ones a little older than yours. One is about as small as your first one that needs a lot of growing and another is a bit bigger. I have decided to keep the bigger one the way it is because of its elegant shape. I have decided to ground layer that one to at least have a nice nebari on it.How many years do you estimate I will have to wait 'till I can do anything.
Wow...sounds like he has an addiction problem. You should consider rehabIf you have a dog, be sure they cant get into the pots because my dog loves it.