Growing Japanese Maple Trees in Pots - Mike McGroarty

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Growing Japanese Maple Trees in Pots - Mike McGroarty

Post by tree68 on August 27th 2008, 10:14 pm

Growing Japanese Maple Trees in Pots

Many people enjoy the beauty of Japanese Maple trees, but some folks don't have room for another tree in their landscape, or they may be apartment dwellers who don't have a yard.

Fortunately for these folks, there are many dwarf and semi-dwarf varieties of Japanese Maples that can be grown quite well in containers.

Any Japanese Maple can be grown in a pot, but the smaller
varieties have naturally smaller root systems and will reside
more happily in a container. Larger varieties, such as
Bloodgood, will quickly outgrow a pot and would need to be
transplanted often to larger and larger pots.

If you want to grow a Japanese Maple in a pot, look for dwarf
varieties such as Butterfly, Hoshi kuzu, Pixie, Red Elf or
Waterfall. There are many more dwarf varieties that can be
grown in a pot.

Next, choose an appropriate pot for your Japanese Maple. It
should be large enough for the rootball to fit comfortably, with
plenty of space between the pot and the rootball.

The pot you choose must provide good drainage. Plastic pots
work well as they are lightweight and will not crack if frozen in
the winter. Avoid terra cotta pots as they will crack when frozen. If the pot is to be kept on a deck, it should be elevated
slightly so water can drain from the pot without damaging the

Here's a good recipe for potting soil:
Plant your tree at the same depth it was at in the nursery
pot and keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Fertilize the
potted plant weekly with half-strength liquid fertilizer from
spring through mid-summer, and stop fertilizing after the end
of July.

Avoid keeping your potted Japanese Maple in a hot, sunny place or where it will get a lot of wind. They prefer morning or
late afternoon sun, with shade during midday.

Japanese Maples should be overwintered outdoors so the trees
can go dormant in the winter. Keep in mind that potted plants
lose at least one, if not two zones of cold hardiness because
of the cold air circulating around the pot and the plant's roots.
Keep the plant outdoors, but in cold climates bury the pot in the ground over winter if you can.

Japanese Maple roots will be damaged if the temperature
drops below 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Have a great week!
-Mike McGroarty

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