Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) is an Asian tree whose leaf color turns into red or golden in the fall. Some of them can grow up to 25 feet (7.5 meters) tall, but there are smaller types “dwarf maples” are also available. The only key for a plant to grow is that if it is cared the right way before and after planting them. This article will particularly focus on how your Japanese Maples must be taken care of.
If you will be taking more time before planting your Japanese maples then it’s better that you get them in containers. They should be kept away from direct sunlight and the soil in the container must be kept wet and moist but not soggy. Soil preparation must be done with organic matter before planting them especially if the soil is of heavy clay type. Give them moderate amount of morning and evening sunlight. The containerized Japanese maples will grow well if they are well cared before planting.
While and after planting
Though any season is fine as far as planting them is concerned regardless the care should be taken according to them. Planting in fall will be great for root growth but the part above the soil would go dormant or lifeless but the roots would begin to grow and strengthen them in the soil. After planting them mulch 3 inches around them and keep it well watered. Fall planting allows the carbohydrates that are produced during the summer to be directed to root growth since there is little demand from the top area of the plant. If you are planting in spring, avoid disturbing any plant parts that recently has broken bud and is producing new, soft growth. They require a special case in this season since they are more vulnerable to damage in this season.
Japanese Maples can technically bear any soil from well drained to heavy clay soil, loose sands and all the range falling in between except for the salt content in it. Soil with high salt level is not best suited for them and thus the soil would require some work on it. In the initial years they would require some amount of watering in the early years which will be a rare scenario when they will be fully grown. Reduce the amount of watering to your Japanese Maples in later summers and early spring to get that spectacular color of the maples which adds up to their beauty. A nutrient hungry plant, you can keep giving those composts in their early years.
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How to take care of your Maples before and after planting