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Planting and caring tips for Acer Japanese Maple

Japanese maples are wonderful long-term

garden plants given the right start and

a little aftercare from you they will

delight season after season with their

fabulous foliage and elegant forms there

are many varieties to choose from some

are low and spreading others eventually

grow into beautiful small trees the good

news is they are far easier to grow than

many people believe they grow on no

soils however Japanese maples also make

wonderful subjects for pots and

containers grown in this way they add

height maturity and beauty to balconies

courtyards and patios aces prefer a

nutri to acid soil so in pots use vitex

ericaceous compost mix with equal

quantities of John Innes number three

this will help to make the compost more

water retentive

and also it makes it heavier which helps

stability choose a pot that enhances the

character of the maple and also one that

looks good in your garden it needs to be

considerably bigger than the growing pot

giving the plant enough room to grow and

develop over the next few years it needs

to hold enough compost to keep the

plants stable and also to prevent drying

out aces hate to be dry at the roots

water the plant thoroughly before you

start put a layer of broken crocks in

the bottom of the cart to cover the

drainage holes now partially fill the

pot with the compost mix next carefully

remove the ASA from its pot and set on

one side the root ball will stay intact

position the growing pot in the

container and then fill around it

with the compost mix add a small handful

of vitex asa feed and mix it into the

compost

now firm down the compost with your

fingertips around the pot and then

carefully lift out the growing pot and

drop in your a sir it will fit perfectly

insuring really good contact between

those roots and its lovely new compost

use exactly the same technique when

planting in the open ground prepare the

soil well add plenty of compost and a

couple of good handfuls of I tax ASA

feed then in both cases remember to

water thoroughly and keep watering

during the first growing season until

the plant is well-established aces hate

to be dry at the roots that's the main

reason they struggle on shallow chalk

oils if they're too dry the tips of the

leaves become Brown and eventually the

whole leaf goes crispy if plants are

affected if they're watered well they

normally recover and actually go on to

flourish in subsequent years when you're

planting in the open ground add plenty

of organic compost because that helps to

hold on to the moisture most aces are

happiest with some shade however the red

leaf forms need enough direct sunlight

for good foliage color with too much

shade the leaves become dull and the

autumn color is poor the variegated

forms and those with thin delicate

leaves like much shadier conditions

Japanese maples hate exposed conditions

where delicate foliage can become

damaged especially early in the season

they're ideal for sheltered gardens and

courtyards and when you're planting in

the open ground plant them where they

get shelter from other mature trees and

shrubs they're not greedy feeders

however they do need the right nutrients

for healthy growth and vibrant foliage

fight ax ASA feed is an organic

fertilizer releasing its nutrients

slowly

to keep your Japanese maple in perfect

condition right through the year in pots

scrape off the soil surface scatter on

the fertilizer and top up with fresh

compost

four aces growing in the open ground a

couple of handfuls sprinkled over the

soil surface worked into the ground on

watered thoroughly is all your plants

need so wherever you grow your Japanese

maples give them the best and look after

them they're such wonderful garden

plants and so rewarding to grow