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Japanese Maple


I was hoping for some advice on how to take a cutting from a japanese maple and how successful it would be at this time of year?

Probably best to wait until spring right?

Do they work well or is it better to just buy one?

I just really want to do it myself :)



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,183

    Hi. Why not just go ahead and try it. Its very rewarding if it works. I have never tried cuttings but I have grown several Japanese Maples from seeds from an original I have in my garden (Acer Osakazuki). I have supplied trees to family and friends.

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  • I don't know very much (about anything) but I think Acer cuttings are best taken from softwood.  Is this years growth still soft enough?

  • Hi ladybird 

    Would the seeds not be true to type tho,in other words they wouldn't be exact copies of the parent?

    I'd be interested to try seed - when are they available and when to sow?

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,183

    Hi Pierre. You are absolutely right, they are not true to type. I've had every colour under the sun from my parent tree. Its just so interesting to see what turns up. The oldest 'baby' now 6 feet tall is turning a lovely butter yellow now.

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,183

    Its about 15 years old now Lants.

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  • I also have an osakazuki.   So apart from colour variation, What else might I expect - slower or quicker growth? 

    Ladybird, let me know what conditions they need growing from seed.  I have a vitopod propagator if that helps.

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,183

    The trees all seem to grow quite normally but as 4 of my 'babies' are in pots they may have been slightly restricted. When I sowed the seeds I just left them in pots in the garden through one winter allowing the frost to promote germination. I wouldn't worry about a propagator. It only took one winter for them to start growing and I separated the seedlings into individual pots once they were large enough to handle.

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