Inaba Shidare on my gritty mix
My very first Japanese maple tree. Acquired last August this 2 ft. Inaba Shidare from lowes in Reno. Survived the hot Vegas summer but all leaves dried out by Nov. I know. Read lots on the matter and talked to the local nurseries. For sure its gonna be a long shot but I have to try. Had some new leaves when the first half of the leaves dried out. But they eventual all dried out. Just kept watering it during winter. Now I noticed bud swell so I transplanted to my version of gritty mix. Bare root by soaking and flushing with water. Trimmed a few long roots but entire root system was not a whole lot. Not root bound I guess. Take a look and tell me what you think.
I messed up today when I tried to wire the lead branch to go upright more---broke it. Not enough wire. Anyways, got mad and trimmed lots of small branch tips to make the entire tree compact and clean looking. Don''t think it will die but....Also was not sure but I also watered with 1 tsp/gal water of dyna gro 9-3-6 right after the repot and plan to do so. When the summer hits my drip emmitters will kick in to help with the 100+ temp to come.
Gritty mix was composed of Turface mvp, pine bark broken into small pieces by hand - 2 pliers (labor of love here), granite - decorative rock 1/8 screened on the spot where I got it -star nursery - they thought I was crazy panning for gold. Washed/rinsed everything before mixing well. Used 3 bark - 4 turface - 2 granite.
Only after pix. No before unfortunately. White spot on left side of tree was the candle melt to cover broken sorta lead branch area. Right side hoping to make the lead branch. One under it was cut to point energy to above branch for lead. Cut numerous tips to even out the lenght overall. I know its small anyways but what the hell. Thanks.