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Carly53Carly53 Posts: 5
The first picture is my Acer last year and then the rest have been taken today. Can anyone advise me if my Acer is not well, it's slow growing this year. Will it recover?


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,705
    Looks perfectly healthy to me, but it is a bit late into leaf.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,441
    Branches and twigs look a good healthy colour.
    Where do you live?
    Would have expected leaves by now.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Have you fed the plant, does it have enough water, is it pot bound, have you moved the pot since last year?  These are all the questions that come to me.  Something has changed as I agree with above that it should be in leaf by now. Acers hate to be exposed especially to strong winds which would set the plant back and eventually it would die. 
  • I think it may be a case of wait and see?
    I have three acers, one in the front garden and two in pots in the back garden.
    the two in pots are out on leaf and the one in the front garden just has buds like yours in the photo.
    I’m assuming that the soil in pots has warmed up faster than the ground in the front garden has. 
  • Carly53Carly53 Posts: 5
    Thank you for all the comments. The Acer hasn't been moved or anything else since last year. We are in Newcastle so maybe it's just the change in the weather has knocked it back a bit. Will just wait and see what happens.
  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,040
    Mine are only just coming into leaf and I am in the Midlands, as you are much further north it could just be that. 
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • Hi @Carly53 .  I'm really no expert but I'm sure my eyes can see little buds here and there, which, fingers crossed, is a good sign.  With our potted Acer, I replaced the top 5cm of soil and replaced it with fresh peat-free multi-purpose compost; I did this about four weeks ago.  A little fertiliser mixed in too may help.  My Alliums aren't far off being fully in bloom and they're about a month ahead.  Sometimes with gardening I expect the unexpected, especially with our British weather!  Wishing you all the best with your Acer; let us know how it gets on.  :) 
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,705
    Trees in pots really need something a bit more substantial than MPC.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
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