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I have just bought a Japanese Acer " Bloodgood" Can anyone tell me if it is okay to repot it into a larger pot now, or should I wait until Later. Also I have an Osakasuki acer, but the leaves did not turn scarlet last Autumn, can anyone enlighten me. Would appreciate any feedback.



  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Yes, you can re-pot it now if it needs it, it'll do it good.

    As for the second acer - it may have been hungry, so make sure that it gets a good nitrogen-rich feed this year.

    The other possibility may have been that it didn't get enough light for some reason - has something grown enough to cast a very heavy shadow on it, perhaps?

  • Thank you for your reply. I shall go ahead and re-pot, I didn't want to kill it as they are soooo expesive. The other Acer is in the shadow of the house most of the day,as I was told they do not like much sun.

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    They don't like strong sunlight - dappled shade is best - but they do need some light for good colour. Perhaps you could move it to where it gets the evening light, say 6 o'clock onwards, and see if that colours it up?

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    All my acers receive direct sunlight between 1 - 5pm, and non of them have made any complaints about this.


  • Thanks for your comments, I will see what happens this Autumn and take it from there.

  • J.J.J.J. Posts: 23

    my acers havent had so many leaves on them this year. any one know why

  • Molly6Molly6 Posts: 1

    Hi, Can anyone tell me if I need to do anything special when I plant my new Acer  ie special type of peat etc?
    Many thanks


  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    No, multi-purpose is fine. image Pot away and admire its beauty.

  • Go for it Brumbull! I have sangho kaki and it really is a stunning tree! Planted mine about 5 years ago and has grown to c.6ft tall (was about 15" when bought). The leaf colour goes from a green to yellow/orange in Autumn.

    I also have Osakozuki of similar size and am contemplating adding a Bloodgold too. I have a bit of a thing for Acers and have a newly purchased Acer Griseum to plant this very afternoon. It's the one with the peeling bark that they had on GW a week or two ago!

    I haven't conditioned my soil specifically for the Acers, however, I have read that they benefit from acidic soil and so once a year I do mulch with ericaceous compost!

    IIRC growing in pots requires more care than directly into the ground especially with regard to feeding,

    Enjoy your tree Robert!!!

    Reds Adam
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