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struggling acer

Andrew67Andrew67 Posts: 62
my acer is really suffering and alot of the branches appear dead. can i cut these? and does anyone have any suggestions on how to improve the situation?


  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,008
    Your Acer looks quite a substantial size ; probably too large for the container it's growing in .

    Probably indicative of last years heat and drought , it looks badly stressed .
    I have several cardinal rules for growing these .
    1 Protection from drying winds .
    2 Place in dappled shade if possible .
    3 Preferably use only rainwater .
    4 Use a slightly acidic growing medium .
    5 Keep moist at all times even during the Winter months .
    6 Feed regularly throughout the growing season .

    Removal of dead branches and twigs is a necessity ; there's no point in leaving them on.
    Hopefully your tree will make a slow recovery and return to a semblance of its former self .
    Good luck !

  • Andrew67Andrew67 Posts: 62
    many thanks 
  • One of mine did this i ended up putting mine in a border took dead branches off,looked a picture for several years now 
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,450
    Same here. There comes a time when they're to big to keep in a container. I moved mine when I couldn't keep up with the watering they needed 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Yes, I agree that the acer is too big for the container.  I wouldn't advise pruning or removing dead pieces now, wait until the leaves have dropped, not when the weather is freezing at night and before next years buds are coming up.  I have two which are growing successfully in pots that are 30 inches tall and 20 inches wide.  So far so good - both look healthy with plenty of new growth on them. I agree Paul, that they do not like to be in a windy or exposed area, even if the majority of the time the wind doesn't blow there.
  • Andrew67Andrew67 Posts: 62
    thanks to everyone for the replies 
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