Will it be ok outside, perhaps surrounded by leaves? Using a tray or Surface Saver under your pots will protect your … 2) Do not fertilize into late summer. Growing Japanese maples indoors means solving the problem of their natural size while addressing their seasonal requirements. Can I leave them on my deck for the winter? This year I added a peony down there, too. Wild Japanese maples are medium-sized trees that put on a colorful autumn display of bright crimson and yellow leaves. Although Japanese maples trees can be large, they can be grown indoors in containers and often used used in the art of bonsai. The Japanese maple is a deciduous tree which will lose its leaves when the ground temperature drops below 45-50 degrees F. When planted in the ground, an extra layer of mulch can provide protection against the colder winters but a potted Acer should be taken inside for protection. There is a variety of redbud that is kind of sensitive, but now you have given me the idea of trying it in a big pot. I just planted a crimson queen japanese maple in a raised bed. Still covered in leaves so still out in the yard, but the forecast is for a big change in the weather this week, so it might be almost time for the move…. Any tips for keeping the pots from cracking? Hi, Jina. We say our prayers, then wheel them one by one over my hilly garden, down to the unheated barn. No walls just tapered soil to ground. 6) Leave potted maples outside until the temperature regularly drops to below 30° F, then protect by bringing them inside to a cold garage or under a porch close to the house.  If any maples leaf out before the spring,  put them under a grow light; but be careful when transferring them back outside because the leaves have to be eased into full-strength sun and weather. Hi, Michael. Most Japanese maples are at least Zone 6 hardy (with a decent number that technically survive in Zone 5, where I am, but can get a little ragtag in the process, so you see them listed as Zones 5-9, but I prefer to protect them; a neighbor of mine grows them outside in a protected area of his garden). And besides, they make such beautiful subjects for pots. The new garden shed we plan to build come spring will make a fine winter home for our new beauties. a world of unusual japanese maples, ginkgoes, and metasequoias, with tim nichols, japanese maples and other choice acer, with adam wheeler of broken arrow, week 13: a season of container-gardening improvs, my ‘secret’ to overwintering japanese maples, lively discussion about Japanese maple hardiness. It looks happy. Do you think it would be ok to but it in the basement with no light for the winter months once it goes dormant? Potted tree without leaves 2. At the time I planted it, I only used one bag of potting soil . A good snow cover will insulate the soil similar to a mulch. NOT YET, BUT SOON. Learn how your comment data is processed. But the idea of moving such a small seedling now, before the hardest weather, seems harsh. I have a question or two about wintering Japanese Maples in Anchorage, Alaska. Fasten the burlap wrap with rope or heavy-duty duct tape. Avoid bulbous, rounded pots because when the time does come for re-potting the only way to remove your Japanese Maple will be by breaking the container. Now that your Japanese maple is planted, it's time to add a few items that can make the experience of owning and growing a potted Japanese maple even more enjoyable. 5. Welcome, JMA, and thanks for the good tips on the other way to keep them tucked in safely, without moving them as I do. Thanks for the great post. I live in zone 3 and just got a emperor 1 JM. Experts refer to the condition as leaf scorch. I have had some of the big terra cotta for more than 15 years — the only casualties have been when they fell off the hand cart on the downhill ride! I can put her on a dolly and wheel her in and out weather permitting. Should I wait till March before it leafs out. I bet you could apply the same tactic to that. Do I unpot it and add soil at the bottom? Sorry not to have first-hand advice. Or just leave her in the dark shed until mid April? All I can suggest for the scorched one is that it will probably prefer shade and more watering. I think brushing at it too much when the delicate twigs are frozen and maybe covered in ice is an invitation to snapping things. That’s when my Japanese maples will go back into hiding for the winter, to protect their tender twigs and beautiful bark from winter winds and ice and sunburn (and mice and voles and who knows what else rampages around outside here on the coldest days). Many of the Japanese maples hold their leaves after the leaves fade for a little or a long while. If your trees are in more exposed locations, wrap every year. Japanese Maples - Care Planting Maples Planting Maples In The Ground. So on both counts, I say don’t eat them. Winter Time Hours - Next Ship Day December 14th! What type of soil medium should I use? Pretty much, but some trees, like evergreens and fruit trees, do appreciate a little extra care. I’ve been wanting a JM for years and finally bought 2 little seedlings this spring. I know to put protection around the base, and then mulch, mulch, mulch – I bought stakes and burlap – but it is a pagoda style – how do I keep the branches from snapping off? Hello – I have a newly planted Japanese maple – I live in zone 5a. With origins in eastern Asia, two species of slow-growing deciduous trees are commonly called Japanese maples -- Acer palmatum and Acer japonicum. Yes, many species and varieties of Japanese maples would be perfectly hardy here in the ground in Zone 5B (including some in the link at the first bullet below), but between cracks in the bark from sunburn and broken branches from ice storms and–on the other end of winter–fried fresh foliage from late frosts and wind, I’d rather not bother. I forgot to say I live in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. (Sometimes if dormant woody plants get a signal of longer daylength — even if from the cumulative effect of artificial light — and warmer temps, I think they can wake up before their usual time.) I stored her in a windowless shed for the winter and only watered one time a month ago. But I’ve learned my lesson and am on year 2 with the current resident. I don’t believe it is getting enought sun and needs to be moved. Planting Maples can be done either in spring or early autumn. As winter approaches your maples are losing their leaves, going dormant and preparing for winter.  Typically maples can handle down to -15° F without much trouble, but when Japanese maples are young they may need some protection. Hi Margaret! I have seen structures (temporary ones, but well-anchored) made of lightweight wooden lattice in a chalet (upside-down V) form, and I have seen people use “snow fencing” lattice as well on the windy side and so on. Thanks so very much. Tighten the rope, pushing the branches close together. Make the last feeding of the season at least two months before you expect the first frost. Don’t know what other spaces you have for stashing plants for the winter that need to be asleep and have chill. Very helpful…and tempts me to want to go buy some more! Do I make a tee-pee below the branches and then just constantly brush the snow off? You can grow them again next year if you keep them from freezing all winter (like in the dark basement, just in their pots but basically dry and dormant). I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants. The harsh effects from wind and ice are the two most important factors to keep in mind when protecting your trees. thanks lorraine. Or mulch and wait till spring to add soil? Water only when they are almost completely dry.  You can minimize weather problems by picking a good planting site with stable temperatures. I have several larger potted plants and trees i usually bury in my garden box for the winter. I have a helper, and because each pot outweighs either of us we double-team the operation: one person on either side. Affiliate Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I stash mine in the barn (but they are in very big pots that insulate the roots, which your does not sound like it is). Here are some tips to consider for winterizing your maple if you live where there are particularly severe winter conditions. Thanks for the input. Can you protect that beloved Japanese maple from winter storms? Hi, I got a 30 inch tall Japanese Maple at Kroger of all places. Thanks for the kind words! Any other tips for raised bed would be helpful. :). However, this spring, a big wind knocked the larger one out of the ground, so I replanted him, soaked him, and staked him. (Stream it below,  read the illustrated transcript or subscribe free.). Overwinter potted Japanese maples in a protected spot after foliage drops in the fall. In April 2017 I planted a JM in a pot to replace the dead one in the ground from the year before. Snow falling in the colder climates can both protect and endanger plants. Sounds like the pot is big enough to accommodate it for winter there (I think you are Zone 7). I can’t see from here what level relative tot he pot the base of your tree is at, so I can’t say where to add what. Japanese maples are grown in U.S. My first raised bed and Japanese maple. It was moved inside when the first freezing . Hi, Michael Since they are deciduous trees from temperate regions, they will drop their leaves when the daylength signals them to, no (typically in fall)? Here clay pots of course would break in Zone 5B after freezing/thawing outside, and also the wind and ice events are hard on the twigs of these plants (as they might be exposed on a deck upstairs). The deck is on 2nd floor of house . Need all the help I can get. Hi, Kevin. Should I do something to keep the cold from killing it or is it just as happy in a pot as in the ground? In late fall, my son “plants” his small JM bonsai trees in the garden and puts an upside down bucket on them when the snow, icy rains start. I loved how they look together, so I planted them side by side with juniper underneath. If they defrost a bit in the winter momentarily, it’s fine, because they aren’t all soggy from melting snow/ice so they don’t heave from the extra moisture freezing up. (Disclosure: includes affiliate links.). I typically push (to help keep the pot on the cart and offer more oomph) and my helper pulls (from the uphill side). 5) Wrap Japanese maples with burlap (if you experience heavy snows or prevailing winter winds) for at least the first three years. Yes, there is sunlight outside on some winter days in the cool regions, but less than in active growing season, and less intensity, so I’d just skip the plant light while the things rest and keep them as cool as possible to insure that they do in fact rest and don’t awaken too early. Hi Margaret! The only reason to remove the stake would be if more wind/weather might buffet it and make it rub/slap/bang against the tree and do more damage. I grow the Korean maple, Acer pseudosieboldianum, in the ground (it’s Zone 4 hardy, and looks like a Japanese maple, with fantastic fall foliage color in particular). Wait till early spring, pot it up in an appropriate container and give it some love (then tuck that pot into a bigger one of potting soil or peat or mulch for the winter, as I say — you cannot overwinter very small pots up our way, even in the garage!). Listen live at 8:30 AM EDT Mondays, to the replay Saturday morning, or stream the podcast anytime. If you have container plants, winter protection for Japanese maple can be as simple as moving the containers into the garage or porch when icy weather or a heavy snowfall is expected. Smaller ones are still struggling to grow new stems, but made it thru the summer temps. Do be gentle if it comes to that. I just checked on her and she has buds. No water is offered in the coldest months, when the soil and the trees inside the building are mostly frozen, but I start checking around February, once the slightly longer days are starting to nudge plants to awaken, when they may need a little—especially in March and April. It’s not that hard to start growing Japanese maples in containers. He seemed to be struggling for a few months, so I started to layer on rotted manure every month or so, then mulch, then a good watering every week or two. My picks of garden gear, books, and mulch, mulch more, all things I use myself. So far, so good. The typical tree is about 10 feet tall, compared to other types of maples that can be up to 100 feet. Sometimes it takes two of these wraps to reach around the pot. 2. I am thinking it will like an colder spot than that to go dormant — when you say unheated, do you mean it gets to 50 or more like 20, which the plant will want (and can go even a bit colder)? By insulating the pot and, in very cold climates, adding a little extra heat, your potted Japanese maple should survive the winter and be ready for placement outside in the spring. Keep the soil moderately moist until returning the maple outdoors in the spring. Kisco . Assuming it was well-watered that is not a cause for worry. Thanks! The tree is about 2-3 feet tall. Hi, Connie. It requires a “winter” of dormancy so the house is not the place for it, I’m afraid. Begin typing your search above and press return to search. In very big weatherproof pots in a warmer Zone it would be easier on them. I don’t know zones, but am in the Roanoke Virginia area. Planting near buildings helps stabilize temps – but look out for snow drop from roofs! Tips For Winterizing Japanese Maple Trees As winter approaches your maples are losing their leaves, going dormant and preparing for winter. What should I do with them for the winter? How do you keep 20 or 30 jm (6 inch in 20 oz pots) happy in Northeast Pennsylvania . Most feeder roots are within twelve to eighteen inches of the surface for well established older trees. It was a seedling I snagged from my sister’s garden in Mt. Doug Tallamy’s 2007 book, “Bringing Nature Home,” has been for many of us a wake-up call into the entire subject of the unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife, and now with more than a decade of additional research insights, he goes further. Successfully transplanting a Japanese maple trees is based on a several factors. Some gardeners root-prune lightly every couple or few years when potting up gradually to a larger container, to tell the tree to stay small–almost as if making bonsai. To plant in-ground or in containers? Extend the mulch spread 2 to 3 feet beyond the drip line, (the tree’s outermost branch). 4) Mulch to insulate the roots with a 3-4 inch-deep pile of mulch built around the base of the tree. Japanese Maples grown in pots often experience some branch tip dieback in winter. Margaret's weekly public-radio show, from Robin Hood Radio in Sharon, CT, the smallest NPR station in the nation. It includes a rich variety of deciduous shrubs or small trees with graceful habits, elegantly cut leaves and extraordinarily colorful foliage, particularly in the fall when the leaves warm up to dazzling shades of golden-yellow, red-purple and bronze, before shedding to the ground. Protection from sun damage 2. Hi, AC. When to Plant a Potted Lace Leaf Japanese Maple. Your email address will not be published. In the United States, gardeners can enjoy growing Japanese maples in their own gardens mainly in growing zones 5-9. As the cold temperatures come around, I plan to take this plant in my house. 3) Water heavily just prior to freeze-up. If autumn rains have been insufficient, give your plants a deep soaking to supply water to the entire root system before the ground freezes.  Deep soaking will help to guard against water loss in winter. When it comes to growing Japanese maple trees in containers there is very little scientific research on the subject, however we can learn a lot by studying the methods used in bonsai. Fasten them together with duck tape vertically, then wrap the tape horizontally at two or three points so the wrap hugs the pot. Japanese lace leaf maple trees (Acer palmatum var.) It is in the pot, growing outside. I’ve overwintered a couple of plants, but it seems the freezing/thawing cycle is tough on the terra cotta pots. Maybe you made a really, really big mound to accommodate the eventual root system of the mature plant. Our big potted plants get wrapped — lots of sheets of newspaper inserted flat into big plastic bags until the package is about 2″ thick. There can be the tendency to overwater your maples in the winter and this can lead to root rot problems. No light is needed when the tree is dormant. Winterizing your trees in cold climates can help ensure your tree’s survival through a harsh winter as well as help your tree get off to a great start in the spring. As far as the pots on the deck, I don’t know what Zone you are in or what size the pots are. Container growing 1. This won’t harm your tree. I live in Minnesota. Special care during winter As with most Bonsai techniques, determining the optimal care for your trees in winter will depend on where you live and the tree species you have. My question is, should I bring her into my attached garage (small windows for morning sun)? I know I’ll need thick mulch layer and proper watering through fall. I Googled and found various blogs, some people saying they can’t survive indoors, others saying they can….. Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) are cultivated as landscape plants across U.S. Department of Agriculture plant … They are technically hardy in Zones 5 or so to 8ish, and Zone 8 (the warm end) typically gets down to a minimum of 10 or 20 in winter…so I’d be disinclined to try to store it in a spot where it wasn’t, say, at least freezing (30ish) all winter. I am in zone 5 central MA. Also, you can’t really erect something unsturdy that will inadvertently catch the snow and ice because then the whole “protection” device could just collapse onto the plant — like a burlap cover overhead would do. When do you suggest I remove the stake? These temperate plants need an annual winter dormancy with cold temperatures to grow well. What is the best way to care for it over the winter--keep it indoors or keep it outdoors in a protected area? The seedlings are only about 6″ tall and 6 mos old. Welcome! SOMETIMES this gardening stuff all goes just slightly off, and you’re dancing, but you can’t catch the beat. He seems to have new leaf growth, but I’m wondering, should I keep him staked this winter, too? Thanks again. Meaning they will be dormant and need no light (no foliage to photosynthesize) during their “winter’ rest period. The overall health. Any other options for my plant? could I do that here in Cranbrook, BC ? Welcome, Star. Winter care for potted Japanese Maples. If it’s that small, the pot you’d put it in would be very small, too, and wouldn’t provide enough insulation to the root system in the garage over the winter, so you’d have to “plant” that pot in a much bigger one foir extra protection. Press Esc to cancel. EVen when mine were young, I had them in large pots (at first “plunged” inside a nursery pot into the large container, and later planted).
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