Newbie to maples bonsai question
I just moved into a house with a number of mainstream japanese maple trees. It appears that, recently, the prior owner bought some new seedlings and planted them, so there are a few small shrubs/trees in flower beds that look like they shouldn't have full blown trees there.
- Green, standard "acer palmatum" tree in the front porch garden bed. The tree is currently 4" tall, with a stalk approx the circumference of a nickel- so a very young tree. I wouldn't mind seeing it get to 5-6", but no taller. Is this something where I can prune the northward new growth and it will be happy to exist as a mini-tree? Or is that a futile exercise?
- Similar situation with a red leaf JM shrub in the front garden bed, "bloodgood" I believe. Its fine now at a few feet high, but a large tree is inappropriate in that location, or can I control the northward growth with pruning?
There are 2 beautiful Crimson Queens in the same location so the prior owner had at least some experience with JMs.
Thanks in advance!