How To Plant A Japanese Maple

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This article provides information about and tips for growing Japanese Maple trees
by Brett · Zone 4B · -25° to -20° F to Zone 9A · 20° to 25° F · Trees · 0 Comments · August 26, 2011 · 20,044 views

Planting a Japanese Maple in the ground

Japanese maples are easy to grow when planted properly.

When planting on level ground the trick is to plant them in a "raised mound" so the roots will never stand in water too long. Over-saturated and consistently wet soil is a killer.

When planting on slopes the soil should drain better and there won't be the need for planting in a mound.

Adding soil amendment
If the soil is fertile and loose there isn't a need to add any organic matter to the soil removed from the planting hole. If soil is dense or compacted, such as heavy clay, thoroughly mix an organic soil amendment, such as mushroom compost, at a 50/50 ratio with the soil removed from the planting hole.

Planting a Japanese Maple in a container

When planting in a container there are three things to think about:

Size of container needed
Select a large container that will provide enough room for roots to grow over a long period of time. Planting your Japanese maple in a small container just means you'll have to transplant to a larger container, sooner than later.

Where you will place the container
Spend some time thinking about where you want to place the container. You will be planting the tree in the container where it will sit. The container could be quite heavy after planting and difficult to move. You can place your container in full sun, however some shade during the afternoon is always appreciated.

Type of soil mix
Use a lightweight professional potting soil blended 50/50 with a heavier grade potting or planting soil. Avoid using native dirt as this may retain too much water.


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