The Q&A Archives: Garnet Japenese Maple

Question: I just purchased a Garnet Japenese Maple and was planted on the east side of my house and is well protected from the wind. It will get full sun until 1:00pm. Does if prefer wet or dry conditions and what other precautions should I be aware of such as diseases or bores. Also is this a good choice for my zone and is it a harty plant.

Thank You, Scott Simmons

Quote: This is a beautiful tree!!!

Answer: This type of tree does best in a sheltered location (out of the wind) and in morning sun, so eastern exposure is a good choice. The soil should be evenly moist but not soggy sopping wet. To help maintain soil moisure and moderate the soil temperature, use several inches of organic mulch over the root zone (do not allow it to touch the trunk) year round. Water it in dry spells -- feel the soil under the mulch and water if needed. It is better to water less often but deeply rather than sprinkle lightly every day. Finally, it does best in an organic somewhat acid soil so you may want to run some basic soil tests to check on that. Your county extension or knowledgeable nursery personnel should be able to assist you with running the tests and interpreting the results. Generally speaking these are not trouble-prone trees. Enjoy your new tree!

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