Watering Your Japanese Maple in the Garden

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This article will help you to plant a Japanese Maple tree in your yard.
by Brooks Wilson · Zone 4B · -25° to -20° F to Zone 8B · 15° to 20° F · Planting · 1 Comments · June 14, 2010 · 73,893 views

Watering Your Newly Planted Japanese Maple

NOTE: The following instructions do not apply to watering Japanese maples growing in containers. Japanese maples growing in containers will need to be checked more frequently for soil moisture.

If you plant a Japanese maple in the ground during the dormant season (late Fall through Winter), when the tree is without foliage, little if any watering will be necessary until Spring, provided there is sufficient rainfall. The goal is to keep the soil damp, but not wet. Consistently soggy soil can cause problems with the roots of Japanese maples, which can lead to death of the tree.

If you plant your Japanese maple during the spring or summer, check soil moisture every few days until the tree goes dormant in the late fall. If the soil feels moist, and the leaves of the tree are not showing signs of stress, avoid the urge to water. In the absence of sufficient rainfall or drought water when the soil has become somewhat dry or is only lightly damp.

During the following warm season gradually wean the tree off of supplemental watering, except for during the hottest part of summer or extended droughts. A Japanese maple can recover from drying out a bit by providing water, but not from root rot caused by too much water.

Other Tips

  • Leaves browning or blackening on the tips is most likely a sign that your Japanese maple is receiving too much water, though this can be caused by sun scorch. Always use the finger test to check for soil moisture.
  • After the second year, eliminate the watering berm.
  • If the leaves of your trees are suffering from leaf scorch the tree may be receiving too much direct sunlight. If this be the case, consider relocating your Japanese maple to a location that provides afternoon shade or filtered sunlight throughout the day. The best time to relocate a Japanese maple is during the late winter when the tree is dormant.

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J F · Gardenality Sprout · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
nice information!

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