Jimtheslim Posts: 17
I am interested in purchasing a Japanese Maple Palmatum Osakazuki. I was wondering if these can be planted or potted under weed-proof membranes covered with bark?
I am currently transforming my garden which is terrible for weeds as it is quite heavy with clay (I can't simply pull them). So I am covering a lot of the raised beds and borders in membrane and bark chip. I was wondering if an acer of this variety would grow well under this or if there is any reason it wouldn't?
There should be no problem at all Jim. Go for it. I have Osakazuki in my garden - plus some of its babies which are totally different to their parent - and it is just starting to take on its glorious Autumn colouring. Luckily I do not need the membrane. I would, however. make sure that the bark chip mulch does not come into contact with the tree trunk as it can sometimes cause problems.
Ok thanks. I didn't think it would be too much of a problem as long as it gets plenty of water. I just couldn't find an answer to this specific question anywhere. Everything I read say they are hardy enough as long as they don't get too much summer sun? I would probably start it in a pot and then think about planting it depending on how well it gets on. The front bed where I was considering is pretty open and SW facing, meaning it bore the brunt of the SW storms we had last winter. I'm guessing it would need to be a decent size before it could stand up to those kinds of conditions?
A neighbour round the corner has one about 6ft tall and I don't know how I have overlooked it until now, it's incredible in autumn!
The weed suppressing membrane is permeable so rain gets through easily.
Good choice of plant - love them. They prefer dappled shade and ideally a sheltered spot - they do not enjoy wind and may scorch in direct sun. I do have a lovely red variety which was in my garden when I moved in and it is really in the wrong conditions as it is south-facing and prominent in the border - however it is fairly mature and has coped well with all weathers. If you are going for a pot - ensure it is very well-drained as they do not like soggy roots. Once it is mature enough to transplant - do this in the spring time.
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Indeed, the problem I have is that I don't really have anywhere that would provide dappled sun light (unless I started pulling out some of the most mature shrubs in the southern most corner of the garden). I'd like to think the two storms we had last year were a bit of a one-off, but understand they may well not be. The problem would be the height of summer in which it would be in full sun from about midday til sunset.
I have a nice Fatsia which is doing very nicely in a sheltered North East facing corner of my patio. Maybe if I have one in a pot it would be a good spot, although it would get almost no sun light in winter