Acer Palmatum coming into leaf too early

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Acer Palmatum coming into leaf too early

Post  Marco Giai-Coletti on Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:36 pm

Spring is around the corner down here! We've had unusually warm weather, a little too early though. The result is that one of my trees, a Japanese Maple, has popped two buds, literally overnight. All of the other buds haven't even started extending yet. This is a repotting year for this tree, so my question is: do I wait for the majority of the buds to start extending before repotting (which will include root pruning) or do I repot immediately?

HELP!!!

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Re: Acer Palmatum coming into leaf too early

Post  John Quinn on Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:55 pm

I would do it now...

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Post  marcus watts on Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:16 pm

yep, do it now - it isnt critical to the hour with maples anyway so now the tree has broken dormancy do a proper repot - keep an eye out for late cooler weather (do you actually get frost as such?) and protect the tree if need be.

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Re: Acer Palmatum coming into leaf too early

Post  Marco Giai-Coletti on Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:07 am

Thanks for the advice, I'll repot today. We don't have frost here, however, we do have high speed, cold winds. I'll keep her sheltered for a while.

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Re: Acer Palmatum coming into leaf too early

Post  Walter Pall on Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:09 am

Marco,

contrary to a widespread believe it is a very good idea to repot a Japanese maple when the foliage is already very visible. This is by end of march when i have the trees in the greenhouse. I do this every two years on quite valuable trees with great success. Believe me, I could do it two weeks earlier if I thought that it was better. Even later is still OK in my experience. Another bonsai myth cracked.









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Re: Acer Palmatum coming into leaf too early

Post  Marco Giai-Coletti on Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:24 am

Hi Walter

Thank you for your advice too, it's quite a relief to know, now I can slow down to a panic Very Happy

Thanks for the pics - it is truly quite an inspirational tree there! I'm a great "fan" of your work. thumbs up


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