Acers, preferred soil type?
Could someone please clarify which soil and food type Acers prefer? Website say can be planted in chalk but then say they like slightly acidic food. I also noticed recently Monty said to give them an ericaceous mulch. t i a
west central Scotland
Neutral to acidic is ideal for most of them.
It isn't just soil type that's relevant though. There are lots of factors to growing them successfully.
It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....
I mulch with ericaceous. Don't do anything else special apart from keep them watered and out the wind.
They grow well here on my slightly acidic clay soil.
I've never fed mine that are in the ground, but give them a mulch of home-made compost in the spring.
Seaweed extract would be good for them, but probably only 2-3 times during the growing season.
The most important thing though as Fg says above Netutral to Acidic soil or ericaceous compost if in a pot.
If it's in a pot try and avoid tap water (unless your water is very soft) rainwater is much better.
Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Mine are in slightly acidic clay soil sheltered from wind and too much sun. The big one gets nothing but rain and the smaller one gets a squirt of the hose if it looks thirsty.
In London. Keen but lazy.
Mine is growing very well after having it for about 15 years its taken me a long time to get it this beautiful and moving it around different places, however iv bought a large pot to repot it, iv only ever used multi purpose compost a small bit of manure mixed, and bit of grit. The new pot is twice the size of the one its in, i am worried its going to be to big? what can i put at the bottom of the new pot? i don't want to ever repot it again? I have another new acer and repotted it last week, the pot had cracked so now i have to move it again? is this to much stress on the tree, any tips or advise with any of my acers will be much appreciated.