Kotohime Japanese Maple




First air layer



The leaves on Kotohime are among the smallest of the Japanese maples. The growth habit is upright with heavy branching. Trees may eventually reach 5 to 6 foot tall, but only after many years. The very small leaves are palmate, resemble a human hand. New leaves are bright red at the leaf edges, with green at the centers, then become bright green. 'Hime' means literally 'Princess' but here indicates a dwarf.





1992


2008


2012



2008



2011






Bare Naked Kotohime
Winter of 2012





Kotohime
January 2012
Kotohime
 August 2011



Kotohime
August 2011


January 2012
Kotohime












Airlayer













Potted








Kotohime
August 2011
Kotohime
January 2012




Acer palmatum Japanese Maple
Koto Hime 

Keep Outdoors in a sunny location. 
Temperate trees and fully frost hardy.
Check the compost daily
 but only water when necessary.
 Never allow compost to dry out, keep the compost evenly moist.
Allow shoots to extend 3 or 4 nodes then prune back to 1 or 2 leaves, to maintain shape
Repot In Spring before buds extend 
Fertilize at one-third strength during the growing season. 
A great plant for beginners.






 Oto hime
See the graft union





Otohime airlayer
August 2011
Otohime
January 2012


Otohime air-layer
November 2012





Airlayer removed



Newly independent Oto hime


Otohime air-layer
March 2014




Otohime air-layer
March 2014








LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails