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Author:  Darrej [ 17 May 2020, 10:16 ]
Post subject:  Broken maple

Hey guys,
I’m only a couple of years into bonsai so I’m still learning and I recently got some cheap pretty maples from Asda and was a bit heavy handed in the wiring and I’ve split the trunk on this one and it’s currently dying on me. I want to know if there’s anything I can do to save it? I thought about cutting it below the split but I don’t want to make it worse? One side has totally died and the other is shrivelling now as well.
Please see attached

Any and all advice is welcomed!

Author:  darreng [ 17 May 2020, 10:39 ]
Post subject:  Re: Broken maple

Cut close to the split, smear some petroleum jelly on the cut site (it will prevent moisture loss from the wound) and cross your fingers.

Author:  keithmart [ 17 May 2020, 11:20 ]
Post subject:  Re: Broken maple


As above. Maples do backbud well so you should be ok

Author:  Brendan [ 18 May 2020, 17:40 ]
Post subject:  Re: Broken maple

I'd suggest you tie the split parts together reasonably tightly. I'd wrap a wire around them.

Author:  Brendan [ 18 May 2020, 18:21 ]
Post subject:  Re: Broken maple

Image2020-05-18_06-12-06 by BrendanR2012, on Flickr
That's a maple I snapped a few days ago. Did the wire immediately and the leaves haven't missed a beat.

Author:  Gary Jones [ 18 May 2020, 18:43 ]
Post subject:  Re: Broken maple

I think it might depend on the species. Often those repaired splits are never strong enough and one way or another you have to remove them at some point. If there's loads of growth it might work. I've got three such splits on an azalea and every time I remove the wire the splits just open up again. It's been like that for two years. Apart from that I always end up removing one side and then the remaining side will eventually callous over.

Author:  keithmart [ 19 May 2020, 03:36 ]
Post subject:  Re: Broken maple


as a thought, you could use superglue to hold it shut keep the glue off the bark if possible. the inner wood is already dead, so it won't join itself, and it would only be the bark that would hold it.

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