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Acer palmatum

Japanese Maple

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General Information

  • Instruction By Julie Bawden-Davis
    Notes Slow growing tree native to Japan and Korea. Features airy and delicate leaves that are deeply cut. Plant is deciduous and leaves change color in fall, providing visual interest. Most do best in part shade.
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    Web Link http://articles.latimes.com/1999/may/15/home/hm-37347

Plant Care Instruction

  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    March

    Buy when leafed out so you can choose the type and color of foliage you want.

    April

    Buy when leafed out so you can choose the type and color of foliage you want.

    May

    Buy when leafed out so you can choose the type and color of foliage you want.

    June

    Buy when leafed out so you can choose the type and color of foliage you want.

    September

    Buy when the leaves are turning, so you can choose the type and color of foliage you want.

    October

    Buy when the leaves are turning, so you can choose the type and color of foliage you want.

    November

    Buy when the leaves are turning, so you can choose the type and color of foliage you want.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    March

    Plant in a part-shade location, unless the variety tolerates full sun. The plant requires well-draining, rich soil. Amend before planting with 50% soil mix made with 30% sandy loam soil; 30% planter mix and 40% peat moss. Use this same mix in containers.

    April

    Plant in a part-shade location, unless the variety tolerates full sun. The plant requires well-draining, rich soil. Amend before planting with 50% soil mix made with 30% sandy loam soil; 30% planter mix and 40% peat moss. Use this same mix in containers.

    May

    Plant in a part-shade location, unless the variety tolerates full sun. The plant requires well-draining, rich soil. Amend before planting with 50% soil mix made with 30% sandy loam soil; 30% planter mix and 40% peat moss. Use this same mix in containers.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    May

    Feed once with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants, such as a 20-10-10.

    June

    Feed once with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants, such as a 20-10-10.

    July

    Feed once with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants, such as a 20-10-10.

    August

    Feed once with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants, such as a 20-10-10.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Keep Japanese maples moist at all times, but not soggy. Water regularly when there is no rainfall.

    February

    Keep Japanese maples moist at all times, but not soggy. Water regularly when there is no rainfall.

    March

    Keep Japanese maples moist at all times, but not soggy. Water regularly when there is no rainfall.

    April

    Keep Japanese maples moist at all times, but not soggy. Water regularly.

    May

    Keep Japanese maples moist at all times, but not soggy. Water regularly.

    June

    Keep Japanese maples moist at all times, but not soggy. Water regularly.

    July

    Keep Japanese maples moist at all times, but not soggy. Water regularly.

    August

    Keep Japanese maples moist at all times, but not soggy. Water regularly.

    September

    Keep Japanese maples moist at all times, but not soggy. Water regularly.

    October

    Keep Japanese maples moist at all times, but not soggy. Water regularly.

    November

    Keep Japanese maples moist at all times, but not soggy. Water regularly when there is no rainfall.

    December

    Keep Japanese maples moist at all times, but not soggy. Water regularly when there is no rainfall.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    June

    Prune to shape, cutting out up to 30% of new growth.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    January

    Plant requires cool roots, so maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch out to the drip-line. Use compost, pine needles or shredded bark.

    February

    Plant requires cool roots, so maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch out to the drip-line. Use compost, pine needles or shredded bark.

    March

    Plant requires cool roots, so maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch out to the drip-line. Use compost, pine needles or shredded bark.

    April

    Plant requires cool roots, so maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch out to the drip-line. Use compost, pine needles or shredded bark.

    May

    Plant requires cool roots, so maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch out to the drip-line. Use compost, pine needles or shredded bark.

    June

    Plant requires cool roots, so maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch out to the drip-line. Use compost, pine needles or shredded bark.

    July

    Plant requires cool roots, so maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch out to the drip-line. Use compost, pine needles or shredded bark.

    August

    Plant requires cool roots, so maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch out to the drip-line. Use compost, pine needles or shredded bark.

    September

    Plant requires cool roots, so maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch out to the drip-line. Use compost, pine needles or shredded bark.

    October

    Plant requires cool roots, so maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch out to the drip-line. Use compost, pine needles or shredded bark.

    November

    Plant requires cool roots, so maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch out to the drip-line. Use compost, pine needles or shredded bark.

    December

    Plant requires cool roots, so maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch out to the drip-line. Use compost, pine needles or shredded bark.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    March

    Transplant in a part-shade location, unless the variety tolerates full sun. The plant requires well-draining, rich soil. Amend before planting with 50% soil mix made with 30% sandy loam soil; 30% planter mix and 40% peat moss. Use this same mix in containers.

    April

    Transplant in a part-shade location, unless the variety tolerates full sun. The plant requires well-draining, rich soil. Amend before planting with 50% soil mix made with 30% sandy loam soil; 30% planter mix and 40% peat moss. Use this same mix in containers.

    May

    Transplant in a part-shade location, unless the variety tolerates full sun. The plant requires well-draining, rich soil. Amend before planting with 50% soil mix made with 30% sandy loam soil; 30% planter mix and 40% peat moss. Use this same mix in containers.

    Special requirements

    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

    January

    Every three years, rejuvenate potted plants at this time of year by pruning their roots back by one-third and repotting in fresh soil.

    February

    Every three years, rejuvenate potted plants at this time of year by pruning their roots back by one-third and repotting in fresh soil.