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Post  Ron on Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:15 pm

I recently bought my first Japanese maple. I want to start with some small branch pruning before the fall season starts. I do not know much about them. I was wondering if I need to worry about branch die back and how much maintenance I can due before the growing season ends? Texas Zone 8. What are the best books on this species?

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:23 pm

Peter Adams "Bonsai with Japanese Maples." Maples are workable most all the year in zone 8.

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Re: branch die back

Post  LanceMac10 on Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:05 pm

Hey Ron....

Make sure to give it a little shade when the sun is at it's hottest and a little wind protection wouldn't hurt!!
Watch your watering, not too dry but don't overwater. The leaves can dessicate quickly.
It might be the sweet spot down there for a light to medium pruning as maples will heal a little quicker during an active growing period as the cut edges will begin to callous over. Make clean wounds. ( I use cutpaste afterwards).

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Branch Die Back

Post  Ron on Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:02 pm

Do I need to be concerned about branch die back?

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Re: branch die back

Post  LanceMac10 on Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:25 pm

If your concerned, stick to the smaller stuff. Allow some space for die back above a latent bud.

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