Acer Advice

Hello
I have just purchased this Acer and was wondering what to do with the leaves that have gone brown.  Should I pick them offer just leave them to die back or fall off naturally.

Thank you 

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  • B3B3 Posts: 9,966
    Have they gone brown since you bought it?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 25,199
    It's possibly been in an unsuitable site and/or left too dry or too wet. All those things can affect the foliage.
    You can remove the dead stuff, but it's more important to find out the reason and address that, as @B3 is indicating. How do you have it growing - in a pot? It's hard to see from the pic  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Hi Both
    I bought it yesterday from a garden centre and it was bone dry.  I have just potted it up in nice fresh compost 
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 1,440
    Hope it was in the reduced section.

    Give it TLC...keep it sheltered in semi shade and watered and wait to see what happens next spring.
    Then you can see any/all the dead twigs and can prune them out.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Hope it was in the reduced section.

    Give it TLC...keep it sheltered in semi shade and watered and wait to see what happens next spring.
    Then you can see any/all the dead twigs and can prune them out.
    Yes, it was half price in the reduced section.  I am keeping it sheltered and out of the intense midday sun, so the conditions are right for a healthy plant.  Will the brown leaves drop themselves or shall i take those off now?
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 1,440
    Oh good...would hate you to have paid full price.
    Worth a gamble.

    Brown leaves... I would just leave it alone.
    In the autumn you wouldn't go round the garden removing brown leaves.
    In due time they will fall of naturally.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Joy*Joy* Posts: 338
    Personally I wouldn't plant anything else in the pot with it. Huechera makes a big plant and will take water needed by your tree. My acers are in very large pots and I cover the compost with fine bark to conserve moisture. Never use grit as it gets too hot in summer and is counterproductive. Watering with rain water and using ericaceous compost helps as they prefer slightly acidic conditions. I'm sure that given some TLC it will make a very nice plant.
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