Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'

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  1. Atapi

    Atapi Well-Known Member

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    JT, It is a lovely tree that you have there in a bonsai form. I try to bonsai my 3+yrs shishi but since I never done bonsai before; can you advise me when is the good time to transfer it to the bonsai pot?. I think I got the mixing part under control but still want to learn about the timing. Thanks, Steven
     
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    Atapi,
    I recommend potting the tree in the Spring. Usually around the beginning of April in my area, when the buds are swelling, I pot the tree before the tree leafs out. Be sure to keep the roots moist when out of the pot and water thoroughly once potted and add soil as needed to offset any settling.

    Here are some videos you may find helpful (first gives the most detail):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OhuBvfJ8Xw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRKyBpYnmfA



    Here is my bonsai this Fall-
     

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    Hi John,
    Thank you for the input and the youtube video. Yes, I am also thinking about Spring time for transplant.
    Since this is my first time to transition JM from a regular pot into a bonsai pot, will I just follow to what the video showed but trim the root down to fit with the pot size as well as trimming the branches to balance with the trimmed-roots?. And I plan to use al-gritty mix, is it OK?. BTW, I am in VA climate, do you have any other tips?.
    Thank you so much, Steven
     
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    John,
    Your Shishi is gorgeous. The color is really beautiful this year. Take care of that baby :).
     
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    I noticed a few weeks ago that my favorite local nursery had a nice one among their usual JM stock. I have been keeping my eye on it and they finally put up their 40% Off Fall Sale sign this week so I swooped in. I pretty much buy everything there so I got it at 50% off for $100 cash. It's 64 inches high and in great shape. No leaf scorch at all.
     

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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society

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    I was asked for a close up of the leaves of my Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira', so here it is.
    This one is such a slow grower, I would reccomend it if you have a smaller space and are not worried about speed of growth.
    It is perhaps an acquired taste, but once you have it you will love it as much as I do. And that's 'a lot'
     

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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society

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    I'm so pleased that my Shishigashira is at last putting on some new growth. It has been very slow this year. Not much but pretty IMO.
     

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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society

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    This is the 10th August 2020 and still in the heatwave. This is my continuing diary of my maples throughout the Summer as requested.
    My Shishigashira is so small and throwing out the weirdest shoots. It's because if this I love this cultivar so much.
     

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  9. AlainK

    AlainK Generous Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    I bought this one last year and I repotted it shortly after. It's grown much faster than I had thought. So far, it's been kept in the shade, but I will gradually expose it to more sun to try and get vivid autumn colours when the heat wave is over :

    acerp-shishi_200810a.jpg acerp-shishi_200810b.jpg
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society

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    @AlainK, I'm now embarrassed posting mine .......
     
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    AlainK Generous Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    You should be ! LOL

    Seriously, I was at a plant fair and only brought 30 € with me, thinking "I won't buy anything!", only something around 25€ if can find a Shirasawanum 'Aureum'. Didn't find one, but who could resist for this other one at 29.99 ???
     
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    My shishigashira which I bought ten years ago. As most of my other maples it loves to be in the ground finally and the trunk has thickened considerably this year.
     

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    @MapleMO, good morning M, hope you are getting some rain at last. Your Shishigashira looks so much happier in the ground, it is one of those maples that the thickening of the trunk from being in the ground brings out more character to this cultivar.
    Great looking tree.
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society

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    19th August 2020, lashings of rain for last 3 days, everything is picking up, so a good Autumn display is still on the cards.
    My very very little Shishigashira has some new growth, OK you might need a magnifying glass to see it, but it really has at last.
     

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    6th September 2020 and there has been a lot of talk on the maples forum about the strange colours this year. Yes they are strange, but enjoyable to see none the less.
    Here is the new growth 3 weeks on. Not bad at all IMO for a very slow grower. Hints of Autum are now visible on the edges of my Shishigashira.
     

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