Is now it a good time to plant acers in pots for outside (Im concerned about the weather, but love the look of them)
(new to gardening)
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Hello Is now it a good time to plant acers in pots for outside (Im concerned about the weather, but love the look of them) (new to gardening) D
Now -or in the Spring-but not when the ground is waterlogged or frozen -they do best in dappled shade.
The idea is to plant whilst the ground is still relatively warm and moist- so that is why Autumn is ideal-not the dead of winter-or plant in Spring when it starts warming up again.
I have 2 Acers planted in pots 6 - 7 years ago. Last year I planted 1 in the ground, semi shadey and as a backdrop for [new venture] a wild flower bed. Its fine!. This acer and the 1 still in a pot are the same. This year is the first year they have not dropped their leaves during August/September. I assume this is due to the heavy rainfall. Both are proected from the wind and the rain but must have benefitted from the extra water??
? If they are in a pot do they need th establish themselves? Does anyone else feed their Acer in spring?
I love Acers and have several in pots,I never feed them but water them often in the summer,some are now quite large,taller than me (1.8m). I have considered planting some of them in the ground. They can get quite large so leave them space. Now is a great time for planting most things if they are hardy.A good way to find out if they are hardy is to go to a garden centre, if the plants are outside they should be hardy enough to plant in your garden. Have fun.
Do try to keep it out of cold, drying winds - the leaves shrivel up at the edges and look miserable till they fall off or you trim them off. They do get replaced, but for a while it looks really tatty and miserable.
Can you tell me a good soil to plant my acers into they will be in pots. As my ground is very chalky.