Japanese Maple 2

 

Bought this JM off Alan Harriman who used to own China Mist (Bonsai Pot maker) for £600.This is it in the boot of my car 6th April 2014:

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And this is it on my bench a few weeks later. Picture taken on the 24th April 2014:

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I had a attack of black fly, they sit on the stalks and under the leaves and suck the sap out of the tree which effects the leaves, especially the internal leaves. Picture taken 1st May 2014

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So I treated it with Systemic Insecticide call Provado and defoliated to start all over again. Defoliation took three sessions or about 5hrs! pic taken 5th May 2014:

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The tree was healthy and should push out a new flush of leaves within a few weeks.

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Thinning JM in May

This tree is too dense and the interior shoots are weak and yellow (first pic). To let more light into the inner parts of the tree, I need to reduce every pair of leaves to one and cut the remaining leaf in half, this process take a good 6 hours on this tree which I have to do over a few days after work.

Before leaf pair reduction 14th May 2016:

After pair reduction and leave cut 23rd May 2016:

And you can see a few weeks later the inner buds start to grow through the canopy 19th June 2016:

Same again next year.