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Author Topic: Sick maple?  (Read 1395 times)
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USDA Hardiness: Zone 5b

« on: September 12, 2013, 10:17 PM »

First post: I have a young Japanese maple, that has green leaves at the moment but no tag. Its leaves have red tips and grey spots. I didn't have time to take it out of those crusty black nursery pots... 2 gallons I think. It's like a hand, across. 

My intention is to repot it and cut it in half, but I understand I should wait till dormancy, or just before spring to hack...

The condition it's in makes me worried that I need to do an emergency repot. (Incidentally, I went to the nursery it came from, recently, and they ( the green maple?s bros and sisters, all looked like they were about to faint!)

Any suggestions for this spindly specimen?

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USDA Hardiness: 7A

« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2013, 07:48 AM »

need a picture

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USDA Hardiness: 7

« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2013, 10:14 AM »

Japanese Maple leaves can look a little tired this time of year, unless a fresh new flush of growth occurs. For your zone, you would need to protect the roots in winter, so if possible i would put it in the ground now, without doing much root work besides a light outside trim. In late winter, long before the buds start to swell, completely bare root the tree and do your root work and cut back of the top. and put it in a low wide container, tied in, with professional bonsai mix and let it grow. If it grows well, you can begin to wire after the first leaves harden off beginning of Summer.

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