Trees and Shrubs forum: Need to relocate Japenese Maple

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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 1, 2012 11:44 AM CST
My NOID Japanese Maple in one area is not doing well. For one, it is competing for water next to the forest behind us. Those forest tree look to us for their water. It is not fond of the heat but there's not a lot we can do about that. We have another variety in a pot and it is doing exceptionally well. We are thinking of removing the ailing tree and potting it as well. Not being familiar with this species, can any Japanese Maple be grown in a pot like my other? If it helps, this has red leaves when first leafs out then turns green, about 6 feet tall..
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 1, 2012 1:41 PM CST
I spelled "Japanese" wrong in my subject title. *Blush* IDK how to edit it. I hope no one takes offense.
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Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
Old, fat, and gardening in OH
Coppice
Sep 12, 2012 5:56 PM CST
Just about every cultivar of Japanese maple that ever was, has been trained as bonsai.

If they will thrive in a tray, they'll thrive in a landscape pot.

Take him when he is dormant. Coppice to suit the size root ball you leave on the tree.
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 12, 2012 11:58 PM CST
Thank you. Good point about Bonsai! I never thought about that. We are waiting til late fall, early winter to do this. I appreciate your comments. Do I need root stimulator after coppicing?
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Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
Old, fat, and gardening in OH
Coppice
Sep 13, 2012 11:36 AM CST
Now I want bonsai. So my lowest branch (to leave on as a stimulator for new growth), and your lowest branch, might not be the same.

More than root stimulator you need very fast draining soil for your pot.

An example: one part crushed bark mulch, one part crushed *granite grit (grani-grit is one brand name). AND 1/2 part peat. Osmocoat pellets in spring after growth starts again.

*Grani Grit is a a poultry scratch. get yours at the feed store...

I have bought in bulk (by the ton) at the gravel mill.
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