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Post  Phillip W. on Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:57 am

My co worker gave me 3 Acer Palmatums (Dissectum). The only stipulation was that I had to dig them today.
So I did. They are normal plastic pots (the kind you get when you buy a new plant) with some average
potting soil mix. It was all I had on hand. Id like to keep them alive primarily. I'm wondering if I should
keep them in the small plastic pots until spring, and then re-pot them in appropriate trainining pots, or can I
aquire new pots this week and re-pot them now. Would that be to much stress?


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Post  will baddeley on Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:07 am

Hello Phillip. How big are they. Are they in leaf and how big are the pots they're in. Pictures are a good way forward when seeking advice.

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Post  Phillip W. on Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:20 am

Sorry there are no pics. Im at work or id post some now. They are in leaf, and about 20" in height. They appear to be in decent condition.

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Post  will baddeley on Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:28 am

As long as the soil mix is fairly well drained, I would give them shelter through the Winter and think about repotting in Spring but not next year, the year after. Too much Too soon may kill them.

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Post  Phillip W. on Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:35 am

I was thinking something similar to that...Thanks for the reply.

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Post  JimLewis on Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:58 pm

In the U.S. southeast, Fall is an ideal time to plant trees and shrubs in the ground. That's where I would put them.

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Post  lordy on Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:41 pm

JimLewis wrote:In the U.S. southeast, Fall is an ideal time to plant trees and shrubs in the ground. That's where I would put them.
I concur 100%. I imagine a 20" tree about the size of a fat pencil. Planted in the ground they would have the chance to put on some girth. Dont put them in afternoon sun in the summer or they'll bake. Plant where they get morning sun in summer, then afternoon shade or mostly shade, and they should thrive.

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Post  Phillip W. on Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:45 pm

The ground huh. I think I have a good spot.
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Post  lordy on Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:54 pm

at the risk of stating the obvious, but not knowing your experience level, I would add one suggestion. If you gently spread the roots out to resemble a dinner plate, and then plant it all on top of something flat and rigid, such as a ceramic tile, or an old dinner plate, the roots will be trained to grow flat and wide making the transition to a shallow pot easier when the time comes.

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Post  Phillip W. on Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:45 pm

I've read about this technique. Ill be giving it a shot. Thanks again

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Post  drgonzo on Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:55 pm

As Jim mentioned Fall is an excellent time to pop Maples in the ground. Up my way it is actually the preferred and often most recomended time to plant them. Do yours have a graft? On a Dissectum look up high near where the branches start. If not then down a few inches above soil level.

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