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Hi I have been given a Acer for a gift it's in a pot  we have put it south south west it's in dappled shade but the ends of all the leaves have curled up and gone dry and brittle we have moved it quiet a few times and thought  this would be ideal I have no idea can any one help please Catherine

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,614

    sounds like it's been allowed to dry out at some point.

    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,292

    I'd agree with Hosta Catherine. It's the most common reason for frazzled edges. Always more tricky in a pot too because you often don't realise they're short of water until that happens. Most plants get droopy, but Acers look ok until you get the dried ends. Regular, thorough watering ( with a good mulch applied ) throughout the year, especially in long dry spells, will help prevent it. image

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  • acvarlacvarl Posts: 9

    Thank you do you think it's will be ok where it is. I will water it and hopefully it will be ok one more thing should I cut of the dry and brittle leaves or leave them .Catherine

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,614

    Unless they're very unsightly, I'd leave the leaves.

    The trouble with plants in pots is the foliage acts like tiny umbrellas deflecting rain over the edge of the pot, not INTO it. So even after rain, the compost might still be dry.

    Devon.
  • acvarlacvarl Posts: 9

    Thank you I am such a novice at this it's good to know I can get advice and not feel silly for asking it .you can only get so much out books and online it's good to know I can use this forum I wish I had done it sooner thank you Catherine

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,292

    Never feel silly for asking a question Catherine. It's the only way we all learn image

    I wish this forum had been around when I started gardening - I can't tell you the kind of mistakes I could have avoided... image

    Dappled shade in the aspect you have it in will be fine image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,614

    I don't even think computers were around when I started gardening.image

    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,292

    Didn't want  to admit that either Hosta  image

    although I think they had those ones which were the size of an entire room image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,538

    Another thing that will contribute to Acer leaves crisping up at the ends is a draught, so try and keep it where it wont get too much sun and out of the wind.

    I have the same problem with some of mine planted in the garden.

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  • Mine has the same leaves problem as its planted where they will be shade in the future (!) (at back of pergola but the climbers haven't grow up up.)  It's surviving fine though - just not as pretty as it could be.  

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