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Acer not looking good!

Lynn142Lynn142 Posts: 127
My lovely acer has recently started to show these pale coloured blotches and I am wondering what may be the cause. Does anyone have any suggestions please and do we  need to do anything to rectify this?


  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    I really don't like that it's squashed against the wall. I wonder if it's anything to do with the unseasonably cold nights we've had in the last couple of weeks. They also don't like wind exposure or too much sun that can also damage the leaves. How big is the pot? 
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  • HeliosHelios Posts: 186
    Mine also looks like that too and it seems to happen after a cold or windy spell as ‘george’ mentioned. Although these marks spoil the look of the plant I don’t do anything with it - not sure there IS anything to be done? - and it survives perfectly happily. By the way, mine is in a pot by a wall too though the pot is around 50cms across.
  • Lynn142Lynn142 Posts: 127
    It was only potted - 32cm pot - 2 weeks ago as it had been totally hidden in the garden by a Red Robin Bush that has grown incredibly well. We just haven’t yet decided where to put it. We are on the south coast so it’s not been too cold here but have had some winds & it’s current position is sunny in the morning. 
  • HeliosHelios Posts: 186
    It’s the wind that seems to get them. If yours was just potted 2 weeks ago, it’s doing very well😀 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,098
    Sun in the morning is the worst position. 
    They can get a bit of insect damage, but it's more likely weather related - wind mainly.

    I don't think right up against that trellis/wall is great though. They're at their best when given a spot to shine as a specimen. 
    When you say it's recently potted, was it in the ground or in another pot? 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Lynn142Lynn142 Posts: 127
    It was in the ground & as I mentioned, completely hidden by a Red Robin bush. We can move it where it’s sunny in the afternoon so we will try that. Thanks everyone for your advice. 
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,433
    You've probably damaged the roots putting it in a pot from the ground. You may find you need to prune off some foliage to give the roots a chance to recover.
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,098
    Yes @B3 - and it's the wrong time of year to prune anything off  :/
    I'd keep it mostly in some light shade. That way, you can prevent excess moisture loss just now, which may help. 
    It's under stress from being dug up, and it looks quite a biggish specimen, so anything you can do to prevent more stress, will help.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • rebeccamM6CA_Gn6rebeccamM6CA_Gn6 Beckenham, kentPosts: 133
    hello @Lynn142 I would recommend sun in afternoon, dappled light also is good. But wind is to be avoided at all costs!
  • Lynn142Lynn142 Posts: 127
    Well, I have kept it out of the winds, in dappled light with afternoon sun but most of the leaves have died & are falling off but there is also some new growth so, is this a good sign that the plant is rejuvenating? 
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