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Japanese Maple (Acer)

I was wondering if I could get away with planting an Acer in January or Feb. All advice gladly accepted.

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  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    The usual advice is if the soil is not frozen you can go ahead. Presumably it's a potted plant? 
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  • Do you have any reason to rush?
    Personally I would prefer to wait until the ground warms up a bit more.
    January and Feb can sometimes be pretty cold.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • It's not that I'm rushing. I was planning to purchase and plant last Nov, but I put it off after being disappointed with the quality of plants after the lockdown. And yes George, I will be buying it in a pot.

    Thanks for the advise. If I'm honest, I would rather wait until the weather warms up, but that can be quite early in the year in the South East.


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 45,984
    Around March is probably fine in the location you're in.
    Although you can technically plant anything potted as @amancalledgeorge describes, it isn't the best time of year for a new shrub to establish.
    It's certainly the coldest time of year here, and an Acer wouldn't really appreciate trying to get fine roots thriving.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Fairygirl said:
    Around March is probably fine in the location you're in.
    Although you can technically plant anything potted as @amancalledgeorge describes, it isn't the best time of year for a new shrub to establish.
    It's certainly the coldest time of year here, and an Acer wouldn't really appreciate trying to get fine roots thriving.  :)
    Oh wow!!!! I always imagine people who live in places like that are inspired to write poetry. Thanks for the tip
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