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Japanese Maple


Question: why does my maple suffer?


I would like a suggestion for a Japanese maple that is becoming more and more suffering. It is almost bare and the leaves that remain, however small and not very florid, have curled up and dried up on the margins. I also have two photos, but I don't know how to send them to you. They advised me to cut the sprigs completely bare, but in reality the bare ones are few. Most have few leaves that are almost dry. Thanks. He knows

Japanese Maple: Answer: grow palmate candles


Dear Luisa,
Japanese maples, or more correctly acer palmatum, are much appreciated in the gardens for their foliage, which takes on amazing colors; unfortunately they are not easy to cultivate, especially in a country like Italy, which always has hot and dry summers. In fact in the places of origin these small miniature trees are accustomed to the climate of the undergrowth: high humidity, rich fresh and well-drained leaf soil, partial shade, cool temperatures even in June and July. To keep a maple palmato in the garden in Italy it is necessary to have some shrewdness, or the leaves will be scalded by the sun, they will curl and fall. First of all, the fundamental element is the cultivation position: candles do not like to be grown in full sun; or rather, they don't like a strong insolation in the hottest periods of the year. Therefore it is better to place them in an area where they enjoy a few hours of direct sunlight, but in the shade from the early hours of the afternoon until evening, or in the hottest hours of the day. Besides this it is advisable to keep the soil cool enough, watering regularly, and avoiding to leave it dry for a long time; in the height of summer it can mean watering every day, possibly during the coolest hours of the day and avoiding wetting the leaves in any way. Another important element, the drainage of the soil: the palmate maples love regular watering, but they fear water stagnation; therefore the waterings must penetrate well into the ground, but slip away quickly, without leaving it soaked for a long time. If our maple is in a pot, the problems related to watering and heat increase, and in this case it is better to move the pot in place in summer than to go for the shade of taller plants.