slender elegant graceful tree of the Sapindova family.
In nature, it is a deciduous tree with dark brown, rough bark. The branches are green. Petioles 2.8-6 cm long. Leaves are deeply 5-palmate, rarely 7-palmate, 5-13 cm long and 7-16 cm wide, truncated or broad-heart-shaped at the base, thin, light green, red or yellowish-red in autumn. Their lobes are oval or oblong, serrate along the edge, sharp or pointed at the end. Inflorescences are conical, paniculate. The flowers are light green.Widely cultivated in temperate regions as an ornamental plant, grown in parks and large gardens. Ideal for bonsai style shaping.
Soak the seeds for a day in warm water, to improve and accelerate germination, you can add stimulants (HB-101, Ribav-Extra, Epin, Zircon, etc.). Sow in nutrient rich soil, adding about 20% river sand, pre-moistening it. To stimulate root growth in maples, a flat object is placed under its base when transplanting to the sides of the trunk. It can be a pebble, a piece of tin with rounded edges, or even a bivalve shell. Over time, this object will grow into the roots, and will push them to the surface of the substrate.
The second method of forming powerful superficial roots (nebari) is more radical. Maple roots under the base of the trunk are cut off completely, leaving only beautiful rays extending from the base. After such a procedure, the roots are forced to grow evenly and horizontally. Thus, a perfectly flat root system is formed, characteristic of all bonsai masterpieces.