The Q&A Archives: Japanese Maple Help!

Question: I bought a Japanese Maple tree for its beauty. It is 4 ft tall and I have it in the house. I repotted it and now the leaves are drying at the ends and almost half of them have died and fallen off. HELP. How can I save this tree? I repotted it with regular gardening soil.I only give it water once a week. please advise while I can still save this beauty.I want to buy the red leaf Japanese Maple too but now I am not so sure. I would be heartbroken if I lost them.

Answer: Japanese maples aren't really suitable for growing indoors. They need at least 4 hours of direct sunlight every day, and high humidity to keep the leaves from drying out. If they're in an air conditioned room, the AC will draw out moisture and the leaves will turn crispy. You can try to offset this by misting your tree 2-3 times a day. I'm just not aware of anyone being very successful growing maples indoors. Wish I had better news for you!

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