Japanese maple

How and how much to water

There are many varieties of Japanese maple and their cultivation is not difficult. However, it is important that the shrub has constant and continuous care. Japanese maples, especially in summer, must be watered every day, without wetting the upper parts of the foliage. You must avoid watering the plant in the hottest hours. Some shrubs can be grown in pots, especially if they have been grown this way from an early age, although it is advisable to plant them in the ground. In pots, on the other hand, it is necessary to ensure that the space is large enough, as well as to achieve good drainage, with the help of sand. In the latter solution it is necessary that the plant is watered more frequently, and make sure that the earth remains moist.

How to grow it

This beautifully colored plant loves light, moist and well-drained soil. An exposure in the north-eastern area of ​​any garden is ideal. The Japanese maple should be placed in a place exposed to the sun in the morning and in the shade in the afternoon. Cultivation takes place both in the ground and in pots, in this second case it would be advisable for the plant to be transplanted when it is still small. It is preferable that the shrubs are planted in full ground, suitably worked and prepared prior to placing the plants. The holes intended for the plants must be fertilized with peat and organic soil. Plant collars should be left out of the ground and covered with bark or mulch to protect the roots.


To fertilize this splendidly colored plant it is good to use organic material and manure in the last autumn days, while in the spring days or later, chemical fertilizers. It is not the case to use products with a high nitrogen content, especially in summer and autumn, in order not to favor late germination, which would not have time to lignify before the arrival of the cold months. Furthermore, if the Japanese maple is fertilized too much, the branches will be more lush and vigorous, but the leaves will not change color and will remain green. It is therefore advisable in case of doubt to contact specialized centers and not to rely on «do it yourself». We remind you that it is very important to follow very specific rules in the cultivation of Japanese maples and to prepare the suitable location for them.

Japanese Maple: Exposure, Diseases, and Remedies

The Japanese maple can suffer burns at the leaf level if it is placed in too hot and sunny areas. Let’s place the seedling in the north-eastern areas of the garden and, if placed in a pot, put it under shelters or trees. Even the harsh climate and sudden changes in temperature can damage this shrub, whose roots must be protected with bark and mulch in winter. We do not abuse the fertilization in order not to endanger the health of the plant and we remove, in the area where it is located, grass and dirt. Irrigation must also be subject to appropriate rules, such as not to wet the upper foliage of the shrub and to avoid stagnation of water, especially in pots. Finally, we pay attention to mites and parasites, to be treated with appropriate products.

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