When deciding to purchase a Japanese red maple bonsai tree, there are some characteristics to search for during the selection process. If you are a beginner bonsai enthusiast, then this guide will be very helpful with your shopping experience. If you come across a bonsai that you think is worth buying, you should first check for these major clues that the tree isn’t healthy before making your purchase.
First, it is important that the tree needs to be wholly intact. There should be no missing sections or damage to the bonsai. Second, make sure there is no chipped bark – the trunks of the tree need to be smooth. Grooves cut out of the bark will indicate a poor wiring job and bad shaping. If any part of the trunk is damaged or chipped then this might allow for disease to overtake your tree, eventually leading up to its death.
Next, you should examine the Japanese red maple bonsai’s pot. Lift it gently and look underneath to make sure you cannot see the roots coming out of the drainage holes. If this is the case, then this bonsai should have been re-potted. As a beginner, you don’t want to undertake this job by yourself. You should buy a tree that doesn’t need re-potting just yet.
When you are looking over the bonsais, if you notice that several leaves are falling off the miniature trees then this points to over watering, which could lead to mold on the roots and, if left unattended, a dead tree. Should you purchase a bonsai that has been over watered, allow your new bonsai to dry out before beginning a proper watering schedule.
Lastly, a good idea is to take a photo of a healthy Japanese red maple bonsai along with you. Compare the trees you encounter to the photo. Check out the shaping of the tree and the leaves’ colors. Don’t be timid if you have questions for the garden center. You should walk away feeling fully satisfied and confidant that you purchased the best bonsai for your money.
Buying a Japanese red maple bonsai tree, or any type of bonsai tree for that matter, is best undertaken once you have a bit of knowledge about what to look for in bonsai trees and how to determine whether they are healthy or not. The last thing you want to do is to invest some money in a new bonsai tree that is not healthy or has not been properly cared for and winds up dying shortly after you buy it. But, with the proper knowledge, you should be able to buy a bonsai tree that will remain healthy and that will give you many years of satisfaction.