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Mattjwhitmore

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Japanese red maple seedling
« on: June 14, 2015, 01:27 PM »
I recently purchased a Japanese red maple online. When it arrived 2 1/2 weeks ago, it appeared dormant with plenty of roots. It was dry so I soaked the roots for about 30 mins (it arrived bareroot) then potted the tree. It was left near a south facing window for the first week then it was brought outside to live with my other potential bonsai subjects. Yet it has been over two weeks and there is no signs of budding. When wet the wood turns a red and green color. Is this normal or is there something I can do to break its dormancy? Amy help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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Re: Japanese red maple seedling
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2015, 01:52 PM »
Japanese maples (and all maples, for that matter) present opposing leafs - leafs in pairs, diametrically opposed to one another. You should see buds in pairs along the stem - at least one pair, if not more. They should have been obvious when you received the seedling. Generally, they are brown when dormant and turn reddish as they swell, just before they 'crack'.

No buds = dead, whether it is a maple seedling or a maple branch/twig.

Two things to verify:
  • you should be able to see opposed, upward facing sockets where buds were, if they're gone
  • scrape the bark with a thumb/finger nail - if you see green, it is still alive (based on seeing red/green in your description, it probably is)

You might want to contact the vendor, including better pix.

Good luck.
 

Mattjwhitmore

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Re: Japanese red maple seedling
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2015, 03:58 PM »
Thanks osoyoung for the response! It does have buds that are still brown. I was inquiring more about the dormancy considering the weather we have had here. I just thought a couple weeks in hot temps I would see some signs of foliage by now.


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Re: Japanese red maple seedling
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2015, 04:08 PM »
Your reference that "it was dry" bothers me.  If the roots were completely dry when it arrived, I hope you got them in the ground immediately. 

The bare root should have come wrapped in wet newspaper or in plastic with some damp green gunk around them.  If neither, complain to whoever you bought it from.
 

Mattjwhitmore

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Re: Japanese red maple seedling
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2015, 04:50 PM »
It was wrapped in a paper towel that I am presuming was wet at some point in time. It was potted immediately after I soaked the roots. I emailed the seller a couple days ago but no reply as of yet.


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Re: Japanese red maple seedling
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2016, 09:00 AM »
bloodgoods grow like weeds on parts of long island (where I live) and can have greatly varying budding times after dormancy. If it still has color to the outer bark and a green colored cambium layer, I say give it time and see what happens.