Japanese Maple trees - Knowledgebase Question

Gardena, Ca
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Question by craig4xps
February 8, 2011
What is the best way to care/feed a Japanese Maple that is potted instead of planted in ground. It is just starting to sprout new leaves, but seem to be getting burned on the edges. I live in Gardena, CA.

Answer from NGA
February 8, 2011
It's easy to overfeed and burn a potted plant so the best approach is to use a half strength dilution of liquid fertilizer (such as Miracle Gro or Peter's) and use the mixture to water your Japanese maple. Feed every 4 weeks throughout the growing season. You'll be providing a constant source of nutrients without the possibility of overfeeding your tree. Japanese maples can suffer from sunscald and crispy leaves are a sure sign your maple is getting too much afternoon sunshine. Try moving it to a location that receives a few hours of morning sun but is protected from afternoon sunshine. Enjoy your beautiful tree!

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