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Can Acer be grown in containers?

BalaBala Posts: 113

I have been fond of Acer trees but was restricted by lack of space.  Yesterday I bought some at Homebase hoping to grow them in large containers.

These containers are about 40 litres. Do they grow in containers?





  • autumngloryautumnglory Posts: 255

    They do but they're better put into a container only a little bigger than the pot they were in to begin with to prevent the roots rotting. 

    They're very tiny, it'll be a while before they need big pots!

  • Brickman0430Brickman0430 Posts: 178

    I've had one of mine in a container for about five years and it's been fine. I must get to Homebase, those ones of yours look nice at those prices ?

    PS, have you made holes in the bottom of those tubs? Because they will not like sitting in water. 

  • Torg22Torg22 Posts: 302

    Those prices!  Might have go and stop by at homebase :) 

    They look great but as others have said, they prefer to go in pots only slightly larger than the ones they come out of, then perhaps move them up a size a in a couple years. 

  • BalaBala Posts: 113

    Thank you everyone.  I will move them to smaller containers.  I really want them healthy and their foliage is mesmerising.  Thanks.

  • Torg22Torg22 Posts: 302

    Hi Bala,

    I don't suppose if you noticed if Homebase were selling baby Shirasawanum Acers by any chance?

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,642

    I have grown Japanese maples in pots for years, often because I can't decide where to plant them permanently or because they are too delicate for my garden in winter and need moving to shelter.

    They need to start in smaller pots, as stated, with good drainage but some moisture retention in the compost.   Keep them sheltered from strong sun and dessicating winds and pot on every 2 or 3 years.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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