japanese maple crimson queen - Knowledgebase Question

Plano, TX
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Question by jsamson2
July 25, 2006

I bought one of your 10 gallon crimson queen japanese maples from one of the retail stores here. All my japanese maples are in containers(where I plan to keep them, since I do not have a place to plant them in the ground) with a soil mix of 50% inorganic and 50% pine bark. This mix has excellent drainage and I do not have to worry about overwatering etc.
I noticed that some of your maples in the larger containers are Balled and Burlapped(B&B) with what appears to be native soil. The 10 gallon tree that I bought does not appear to be B&B, what kind of soil mixture is it in? Should I repot it in spring next year with my soil mix since I am planning to grow this in the container indefinitely?
Or do you recommend that I keep it in the soil it is in? if so how long before I need to repot it and give it fresh soil?


Answer from NGA
July 25, 2006

Keep it in the container for now. When you do repot it (perhaps mid fall would be a good time as the stress on the plant is less) scratch some soil or growing medium away from the outside of the root ball and create a blended zone with the original growing
mix and your container mix. They should do fine. Repot when you feel the container size is limiting growth and requireing too frequent of a watering schedule.

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