I grew a few maple trees from seed around two years back. These trees are very vigorous, but the leaves they put out are also very large. So, they don’t make good bonsai material.
Rather than using the maples as bonsai, I’ll be using these two year seedlings as stock plants for the Japanese maple scions. If any of these survives, I’ll have some grafted Japanese maples for bonsai.
I decided to try two of each Japanese maple I have. One is a Bloodgood, the other is a Japanese maple I purchased at the bonsai show last Spring.
I purchased a grafting tool online at aliexpress.com for a nominal price.
The cutting edge of this grafting tool can be used to shape both the stock and the scion. Given that the branch is at least 2 years old, it’ll be thick enough to use this tool on.
I selected a branch from the parent plant which closely resembles the thickness of the stock plant. I then proceed to make the cut on the stock plant, leaving a stump.
I was impressed at how clean the cut was. I then proceeded to cut the scion.
I then inserted the scion into the stock. It’s amazing how perfectly they fit together.
Now I simply tie it together with grafting tape that I purchased along with the grafting tool.
The finished tree with the junction all bandaged up with grafting tape.
I then proceeded with doing three more grafts.
These trees are now all sitting behind some heavy shade. Hope they’ll take, if so, I can have more maples to work with in the future.