How to Grow a Bonsai Trident Maple Tree

Trident Maple Bonsai

Because of its ability to adjust leaf size, trident maple makes a lovely bonsai.

Because they are forgiving of mistakes, this outdoor bonsai is one of the best beginner bonsai. In the fall, just before the leaves fall, they produce vibrant colors.

If you meet the basic requirements for a Trident Maple bonsai, this tree will live a long and healthy life.

Watering Trident Maple Bonsai

This tree species is extremely drought tolerant, making it ideal for travelers. That being said, if we can avoid it, we should avoid taking advantage of that trait.

This tree prefers full sun, which dries the soil faster than most of your other trees. Water your bonsai by immersing it in water up to the brim of the pot for a few minutes. This allows the soil to become completely saturated. Because this tree is susceptible to root rot, it should not be overwatered in the winter.

Placement of your Trident Maple Bonsai

Your Trident Maple should be placed in direct sunlight, or as much direct sunlight as possible. Because it requires a dormant season to survive, this tree is an outdoor bonsai.

Training Trident Maple Bonsai

Trident Maple is usually trained in either a formal upright or an informal upright style. These are the two styles that account for the natural growth pattern of the tree.

From the end of summer to the beginning of fall, wire this tree as needed. Keep an eye on the wire because the branches will spread quickly. To keep your shape, pinch back any extra growth. Defoliating this tree in early spring results in vibrant fall colors at the expense of stunted growth.

Repotting Trident Maple Bonsai

This bonsai should be repotted every two years at the start of spring. As needed, cut back up to half of the roots to make room for new root growth. This tree can withstand much more root loss, but pushing it is not recommended. Trident Maples prefer well-draining soil so that their roots do not rot in the winter.

Fertilizing Trident Maple Bonsai

Every other week, this species prefers a high nitrogen fertilizer. Continue this throughout the growing season and into the winter.

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