Acer's -need to get conditions perfect

ninnin Posts: 217

I am going to pick up three Acers all different from my parents old house on Thursday. They are all in pots but I would like to give them a boost by potting in Larger pots. I have been lucky enough to get three 2 year old half oak barrels from a local pub having a garden refit which I think would make great pots for the Acers.

These Acers were loved very much by my Dad now passed away and they are 8-12 years old roughly. I dont think Mum has really looked after them much last couple of years apart from watering.

I need to know perfect soil to use, and where to get it from john innes, etc and what is the perfect position.

I also need to know re watering and winter care.

I cant take any risks with these as they were Dads, so they will get everything they need.

Please any Acer experts any help will be very gratefully received

 

 

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 6,067

    Not an expert, but i do grow a few Acers. they need: semi-shade, not exposed to cold winds, and a slightly acid, woodsy soil [ leaf mould, ericaceous compost and some John innes No. 3 ]. Dont let them dry out, but dont drown them. Given that lot, they should thrive and act as a constant reminder of your dad.

    There's one more kid
    that will never go to school
    Never get to fall in love,
    never get to be cool.
  • ginagibbsginagibbs Posts: 756

    I am good at killing Acers, so dont ask me !!!

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,493
    punkdoc wrote (see)

    Not an expert, but i do grow a few Acers. they need: semi-shade, not exposed to cold winds, and a slightly acid, woodsy soil [ leaf mould, ericaceous compost and some John innes No. 3 ]. Dont let them dry out, but dont drown them. Given that lot, they should thrive and act as a constant reminder of your dad.

    Agree with that - moist well draining soil is key.

  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Make sure your pots are raised off the ground

  • ninnin Posts: 217

    punkdoc thanks for the recipee

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 22,098

    It's a lovely thing to do image

    doc's advice is spot on. They won't really need much attention over winter either. A mulch, once you've got them in their pots and watered etc, will help prevent moisture loss through the summer too.

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

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