Nhra_20 said:I have these JMs coming. Order is between Mr.Maple and Maole Ridge.
My question is, are there any good books specifically on the subject of Japanese Maples?
There is more information than you can imagine simply online...and surprisingly at YouTube as well. I've ordered from mrmaple.com. They have a wonderful selection and healthy trees.
Anyways, is there anything in particular that you are looking to find out about Japanese maples, or information geared specifically towards the maples that you ordered?
When it comes to Japanese maples there are certain things you must know and if you follow them you shouldn't have any problems.
1. When it comes to sunlight the rule of thumb is morning sun and afternoon shade.
2. Soil is a big factor when it comes to Japanese maples. They prefer a fast draining soil primarily containing a premium composted fir or pine bark, peat moss, and coarse perlite.
Using a black soil type of potting mix like ones generally found at Home Depot, Walmart, etc. is not something you want to use. And stay away from soils with clay or too much sand. These type of soils hold too much water and will lead to root rot.
I live in New Orleans which is a really hot climate for JM, so I grow them in containers. Plus it's a preference of mine as well. If you decide to go this route set your maple containers on bricks (or something elevated) that way they can drain out. You don't want to defeat your purpose and have them sitting in the water that has drained.
Also, don't overwater your maples. Let the soil completely dry and then give them a good watering. The best thing to invest in is a three-way meter which you probe into the soil and it tests for moisture as well as pH levels.
The last thing I can suggest is something that I ran across recently and it has made the colors in my maples pop like I've never seen before. It's an organic fertilizer designed specifically for Japanese maples called "Happy Frog".
I'll post a picture of the bag as well as some before and after pictures. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!
"Happy Frog" Japanese Maple 4-3-4 Organic Fertilizer:
Acer Palmatum "Orange Dream" BEFORE adding Happy Frog:
Acer Palmatum "Orange Dream" AFTER adding Happy Frog!
Results after just 1 week!!!