Acer's -need to get conditions perfect
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
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.
for the fag ends of the aristocracy.
I am good at killing Acers, so dont ask me !!!
Agree with that - moist well draining soil is key.
Make sure your pots are raised off the ground
punkdoc thanks for the recipee
It's a lovely thing to do
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.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...