The Q&A Archives: Japanese Maple in a Container

Question: What do I need to know to plant my Japanese Maple
in a container? Should I put filler in the bottom of the pot before the soil goes in etc? I want to get it out of the original pot and in to the container ASAP. Please advise.
Thank you,

Answer: Choose a container with lots of drainage holes to prevent your tree from developing root rot. If it is a large container and you don't want to go to the expense of purchasing a lot of potting soil, you can mix potting soil with garden soil (50/50). Don't use straight garden soil; it can become so dry that it will be impossible to rewet. You shouldn't have to put anything in the bottom of the container, unless you have a few heavy rocks you want to set in there for stability. But, it isn't necessary. You want to plant your new tree at the same soil level as it is now growing. To measure, fill your new container with some growing media and set the nursery container in so you can duplicate the soil level. Then unpot your tree and set it in the hole. Fill around and tamp lightly, then water thoroughly to help settle the soil.

Good luck with your new tree.

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