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Bought 2 young Acers for pots but within weeks of planting them they began to lose their foliage and are now just twigs. I think they have actually died but will wait a while longer to see if anything changes. Other Acers in the  area seem to be thriving so I don't know why these gone this way. Does anyone have any advice or tips for successful Acer growing please?



  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    are they somewhere really windy or sunny? as acers don't like either and may have got wind/sun burn, move them somewhere sheltered, give them a water and some liquid feed and they should come back.

  • Thanks for your reply. It is a very sunny spot but not very windy as its quite sheltered where they are, however I will move them then give them some liquid feed as you suggest and keep my fingers crossed. I wondered if they had been to small (about 12") when I put them out as the others I referred to are well established.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,740

    Don't give up on them Vanessa. 

    !st line of defense for a plant is to stop growing

    2nd line is to shed foliage. 

    Scratch the bark with your fingernail, if it's green underneath it's alive. If it's brown, you've lost it.

  • spider7spider7 Posts: 11

    Did you plant them in the correct compost, acers usually like slightly acid soil or an addition of leaf mould.

    Have they at any time been allowed to dry out? they need to be kept moist at all times.

  • Hi thanks for info. Planted in compost and as per instructions. Don't think it said anything about leaf mould though. It is possible that they could of got dry as we have these at our caravan which we only use at weekends.

  • spider7spider7 Posts: 11

    I think that would explain it then.

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