The Q&A Archives: Japanese Maples

Question: Dear Gardener,

I have Japanese Maples in pots, which I placed in my sun room for the winter; they have sprouted and two of them have leaves. Is it too early for me to place them outside? And, when I do, does it matter where I place them? Do they like morning sun or afternoon sun? Or does it not matter in our climate zone?

Thanks for your answer,


Answer: It is too early to place them outdoors. Wait until about mid-May and set them first in a completely shaded area, gradually moving them to filtered morning sun and then full morning sunshine. The entire process should take only about a week. Keep them out of afternoon sun or the leaves will burn. Best wishes with your maples

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