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Japanese Maple dying off??

Hi all

I have a Japanese maple that last year when I got it was doing well.

This year however it hasn't taken at all (see image).

Does anyone have any suggestions what I can do to bring some life back into it please?



  • RoddersUKRoddersUK Posts: 500
    Scrape a bit of bark near the bottom, is it green or brown underneath? The whole tree looks quite poorly.

    The right hand stem looks like it's dying/dead.
  • If it’s still alive it may need to move- the spot where it is looks quite exposed- do you get much wind?

    also if you got it last year- I assume you planted into that pot then- how often did you water?

    I have scrapped a bit of the bark near the bottom and it is brown.

    Does that mean it is dead?
  • Hi ciaranmcgrenera

    We do get wind from time to time and we are also a south facing garden. 

    Plus I moved it to its current spot a couple of months ago, before that it was in a corner close to the house.

    Yes it has been in the same pot since I got it. As for watering I don't water it every day as I read somewhere that they shouldn't be watered every day but only when they need it as they don't like to be over watered. 
  • RoddersUKRoddersUK Posts: 500
    It doesn't sound great if it's brown down there. 
    I guess you could move it to somewhere more shaded and see what happens. 
    I wouldn't hold out much hope though.
  • Hi RoddersUK 

    I will move it back to the location I had it before and keep my fingers crossed. 
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,171
    I agree if it's brown under the bark,  it may not revive.  Sometimes a Drench of diluted liquid seaweed can encourage buds to grow but not if there's no sap in the stem.  
    AB Still learning

  • GardenlifeGardenlife Posts: 1
    A south facing garden might be too hot and sunny for it. Rather than putting it back where it was I would find a shadier spot and see if it fares any better. Also make sure it doesn't dry out. Good luck.
  • Alas there are no shady spots in our garden :-(
  • Thanks for the advice Allotment Boy 
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