potted japanese maple winter care

Don’t know what other spaces you have for stashing plants for the winter that need to be asleep and have chill. But the idea of moving such a small seedling now, before the hardest weather, seems harsh. If you purchase a Japanese Maple in winter, it is important to protect it from temperatures much below 30F. Sometimes it takes two of these wraps to reach around the pot. The deck is on 2nd floor of house . Cut Intertwining Branches. Technically, yes, but they are not as nice tasting as the ones cultivated for eating. I stash mine in the barn (but they are in very big pots that insulate the roots, which your does not sound like it is). Our actions count, and they add up to counteract a fragmented landscape and other challenges to the survival of so many critically important native creatures and the greater environment we all share. Is that the same for potted maple, fruit or evergreen trees in winter? With origins in eastern Asia, two species of slow-growing deciduous trees are commonly called Japanese maples -- Acer palmatum and Acer japonicum. Pretty much, but some trees, like evergreens and fruit trees, do appreciate a little extra care. Typically maples can handle down to -15° F without much trouble, but when Japanese maples are young they may need some protection. In the United States, gardeners can enjoy growing Japanese maples in their own gardens mainly in growing zones 5-9. Special care during winter As with most Bonsai techniques, determining the optimal care for your trees in winter will depend on where you live and the tree species you have. How do you keep 20 or 30 jm (6 inch in 20 oz pots) happy in Northeast Pennsylvania . So whatever you do, you want them to have soil volume or some other insulation around their roots — not just sitting in a shed in a little container. Maybe you made a really, really big mound to accommodate the eventual root system of the mature plant. I forgot to say I live in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. 1. There can be the tendency to overwater your maples in the winter and this can lead to root rot problems. Dismiss. I’m hoping it will be as happy there as yours are! I’m in Vermont (4b) and I have some seedlings from my moms place in Connecticut (5). Most feeder roots are within twelve to eighteen inches of the surface for well established older trees. ... hoop houses so high is because throughout the growing season they have to be able to walk under those hoops as they care for their plants. Japanese maples are rated for zone 5b. As winter approaches your maples are losing their leaves, going dormant and preparing for winter.  Typically maples can handle down to -15° F without much trouble, but when Japanese maples are young they may need some protection. If they defrost a bit in the winter momentarily, it’s fine, because they aren’t all soggy from melting snow/ice so they don’t heave from the extra moisture freezing up. I am thinking it will like an colder spot than that to go dormant — when you say unheated, do you mean it gets to 50 or more like 20, which the plant will want (and can go even a bit colder)? Growing Japanese Maples in Containers. Fasten the burlap wrap with rope or heavy-duty duct tape. The big one is a regular JM, the one next to it is a lace leaf dwarf JM. I typically push (to help keep the pot on the cart and offer more oomph) and my helper pulls (from the uphill side). Thanks so very much. So depending on the temp and pot size and other conditions you may water very occasionally I guess, yes. Learn how your comment data is processed. Assuming it was well-watered that is not a cause for worry. My first raised bed and Japanese maple. Bare-root tree with leaves 2. Are these edible? I’ve been wanting a JM for years and finally bought 2 little seedlings this spring. My picks of garden gear, books, and mulch, mulch more, all things I use myself.  Since your trees are small, it would be best to use a stake to help support the burlap. Winterizing your trees in cold climates can help ensure your tree’s survival through a harsh winter as well as help your tree get off to a great start in the spring. 1) Choose sites out of the wind as much as possible. I have never done any of these things myself — so windy here in winter, I just think it would be quite the undertaking. If a tree is planted correctly it will grow twice as fast and live at least twice as long as one that is incorrectly planted. Here are some tips to consider for winterizing your maple if you live where there are particularly severe winter conditions. Learn how to plant and care for Japeanse maples. I live in zone 3 and just got a emperor 1 JM. I read it voraciously several times. Otherwise I think if it’s well-anchored and not going to do any harm it might help! Potted tree with leaves 4. Also, and it’s a big also: nursery plants from the garden center are usually sprayed with various things and fed others that are chemical-based, and you don’t really want to eat any after-effects of that. A good snow cover will insulate the soil similar to a mulch. It’s not that hard to start growing Japanese maples in containers. My barn has windows that let in a little light, but that’s not needed, or even wanted; darkness is perfectly fine for dormant things, and late in the winter or early in spring, too much light will just make them want to awaken faster than you desire. Crimson Queen Japanese maple trees are commonly used for landscaping purposes, not only because of the beautiful leaves, but also because it's smaller than most maples. SOMETIMES this gardening stuff all goes just slightly off, and you’re dancing, but you can’t catch the beat. Will it be ok outside, perhaps surrounded by leaves? Planting near buildings helps stabilize temps – but look out for snow drop from roofs! This year I added a peony down there, too. Inadequate soil preparation and improper planting are two frequent causes of plant failure. Sorry not to have first-hand advice. 3. Receiving your Japanese maple tree 1. Any tips for keeping the pots from cracking? Planted in the east-facing garden in front of our front porch, its leaves shown like stained-glass in the early-morning sun. Protection from critters 4. I’m asking how do i add another bag and mulch? Remember than a plant in a pot (meaning without insulation for its roots from the earth) is a zone and a half or thereabouts more vulnerable to winter effects. Need all the help I can get. Hi, ECM. 1. Thanks for the input. Yes, there is sunlight outside on some winter days in the cool regions, but less than in active growing season, and less intensity, so I’d just skip the plant light while the things rest and keep them as cool as possible to insure that they do in fact rest and don’t awaken too early. Watering a Japanese maple is not rocket science, but keeping adequate moisture is crucial. Is ther anything I vcay do ? What are your pots made of? Although I have a maple outside (it was grown from seed, and has survived three winters now), my question is about two others that I have decided to keep indoors. Of course, planting a Japanese Maple in a pot on wheels, you could move it during the day from place to place to find shade, which would seem to me to be not worth it. I’m in 5A and my Japanese maple is in the ground in front of my dining room window. Or mulch and wait till spring to add soil? What is the best way to care for it over the winter--keep it indoors or keep it outdoors in a protected area? Japanese Maples don't generally require pruning, but, if needed, prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches, or to maintain shape. Thanks for the great post. 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I don’t believe it is getting enought sun and needs to be moved. Native to Japan, Korea and China, Acer palmatum is a species to which most Japanese Maples belong. I stored her in a windowless shed for the winter and only watered one time a month ago. Protection from sun damage 2. Welcome, Star. Welcome, Deegrub. The cause is most likely excessive exposure to dry winds, direct sunlight in hot summer or frost in the winter. Additionally, Crimson Queen is one of those sought-after plants that will grow und… I accidentally killed the original Japanese maple that was in this spot – smothered the roots – then failed to keep the subsequent lacy leaf one sufficiently watered. Do you suggest I pot it up and move it to the unheated shed then keep it in the pot for the summer in a sunnier location? As the cold temperatures come around, I plan to take this plant in my house. It was moved inside when the first freezing . I Googled and found various blogs, some people saying they can’t survive indoors, others saying they can….. As long as I have a hefty amount of ground cover (about 6″ around it plus, right now, about 8″ of snow) it does seem to do well without water, as you suggest. I’ve overwintered a couple of plants, but it seems the freezing/thawing cycle is tough on the terra cotta pots. maybe a heavy layer of mulch? Do they need to winter in darkness when in natural conditions, neither darkness nor lack of water would be a problem? I can put her on a dolly and wheel her in and out weather permitting. Potted … (He gets the big buckets at the paint store). As the name implies, Japanese maples are native to Japan where they grow in abundance in the forests of this island country. And during this time do I still need to water it? Can you protect that beloved Japanese maple from winter storms? a world of unusual japanese maples, ginkgoes, and metasequoias, with tim nichols, japanese maples and other choice acer, with adam wheeler of broken arrow, week 13: a season of container-gardening improvs, my ‘secret’ to overwintering japanese maples, lively discussion about Japanese maple hardiness. I’ve put a Korean Lilac in a big wooden tub, where it has thrived the last three years in a semi-sunny, protected spot, ignored by the deer that rampage in Ulster county. zone 3-4? Using a tray or Surface Saver under your pots will protect your … 2) Do not fertilize into late summer. Protection from winter damage 3. Sounds like the pot is big enough to accommodate it for winter there (I think you are Zone 7). This technique has worked well for over 10 years in zone 5. It has been dry, so I have been watering it until it goes dormant. Is it OK to water when the soil has dried?…which seems to be about a month or so. Move the plant to an unheated garage or basement where temperatures remain above freezing (an attached garage works great). 4) Mulch to insulate the roots with a 3-4 inch-deep pile of mulch built around the base of the tree. Water only when they are almost completely dry. Similar to what you do with your potted JMs? Have hard clay here in zone 5 southeastern Ohio that’s why I chose a raised bed. EVen when mine were young, I had them in large pots (at first “plunged” inside a nursery pot into the large container, and later planted). Fasten them together with duck tape vertically, then wrap the tape horizontally at two or three points so the wrap hugs the pot. Winter Time Hours - Next Ship Day December 14th! Thank you. Hi, AC. All I can suggest for the scorched one is that it will probably prefer shade and more watering. Avoid bulbous, rounded pots because when the time does come for re-potting the only way to remove your Japanese Maple will be by breaking the container.  You can minimize weather problems by picking a good planting site with stable temperatures. Make the mulch ring with dead leaves, bark, wood chips or compost.  This keeps freeze damage to a minimum. Should I wait till March before it leafs out. Before choosing the best way to winterize your potted evergreen or fruit tree, consider this. Margaret's weekly public-radio show, from Robin Hood Radio in Sharon, CT, the smallest NPR station in the nation. How to Dig Up Japanese Maple Seedlings. I have a helper, and because each pot outweighs either of us we double-team the operation: one person on either side. The tree is about 2-3 feet tall. after reading your post about pushing the japense maples uphill and the worry you will be on the downside of a falling pot, my husband has made me aware that it is much easier to pull uphill than push, try it, I think he may be right, just don’t let him know. Do I unpot it and add soil at the bottom? Tighten the rope, pushing the branches close together. I bet you could apply the same tactic to that. We say our prayers, then wheel them one by one over my hilly garden, down to the unheated barn. Just snip off the dead portion of the branch with pruners. Many of the Japanese maples hold their leaves after the leaves fade for a little or a long while. I keep the pots inside as long as I can—sometimes right up until the end of April—and I don’t move them into their season-long spots (which are far from any easy cover, should nights get frosty) until the weather really settles. Yes, many species and varieties of Japanese maples would be perfectly hardy here in the ground in Zone 5B (including some in the link at the first bullet below), but between cracks in the bark from sunburn and broken branches from ice storms and–on the other end of winter–fried fresh foliage from late frosts and wind, I’d rather not bother. Any other tips for raised bed would be helpful. Overwinter potted Japanese maples in a protected spot after foliage drops in the fall. No light is needed when the tree is dormant. I put it in a pot about 20 inches across at the top. Do you think it would be ok to but it in the basement with no light for the winter months once it goes dormant? The leaves have dried up, but not fallen off. thanks! Your email address will not be published. Zones for hardiness 3. They are technically hardy in Zones 5 or so to 8ish, and Zone 8 (the warm end) typically gets down to a minimum of 10 or 20 in winter…so I’d be disinclined to try to store it in a spot where it wasn’t, say, at least freezing (30ish) all winter. It includes a rich variety of deciduous shrubs or small trees with graceful habits, elegantly cut leaves and extraordinarily colorful foliage, particularly in the fall when the leaves warm up to dazzling shades of golden-yellow, red-purple and bronze, before shedding to the ground. Hi, I have a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) sapling in a 10-12 inch pot that I purchased last spring and moved to a bigger pot once. 2. 2. Hi, Connie. Hi, Michael Since they are deciduous trees from temperate regions, they will drop their leaves when the daylength signals them to, no (typically in fall)? In very big weatherproof pots in a warmer Zone it would be easier on them. In doing plant selection research, it's critical to know what plant hardiness zone you live in and to which zones the plant that you want is best suited. Any other options for my plant? I have a 4 ft Japanese maple tree (the green, lace-leaf variety) in a 5 gallon pot, and I’m wondering how to best take care of it indoors. Which is why everyone always asks about them. I have a question or two about wintering Japanese Maples in Anchorage, Alaska. Since they are tiny, maybe 6″ tall, I have them each in a smaller plastic pot that I “planted” in a larger wine barrel pot. In the tree world Japanese maples are considered shallow rooters. Cover the Japanese maple with a sheet of burlap from the top down. Listen live at 8:30 AM EDT Mondays, to the replay Saturday morning, or stream the podcast anytime. However snow accumulating on Japanese maple branches will weigh them down, risking breakage. 6) Leave potted maples outside until the temperature regularly drops to below 30° F, then protect by bringing them inside to a cold garage or under a porch close to the house.  If any maples leaf out before the spring,  put them under a grow light; but be careful when transferring them back outside because the leaves have to be eased into full-strength sun and weather. I was planning to take them out and wrap them up and put in an unheated shed but after reading all these posts, I’m no sure what to do. So give them the minimum they need to just have a good long rest. I’ve felt like this just-slipped-by spring was.. 1. P.S. Winter is a great time to ship Japanese Maples because they are dormant and not easily stressed from the shipping process. Welcome, JMA, and thanks for the good tips on the other way to keep them tucked in safely, without moving them as I do. If growing them in zone 5, then you should protect them in winter by plunging the pot in the ground or covering the pots in leaves for extra insulation. ‘NATURE’S BEST HOPE’ is the title of University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy’s new book, and the subtitle reads like this:  “A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard.”  In other words, you and I are nature’s best hope. How best to water A Japanese Maple Tree Watering is crutial to Japanese Maple Trees. Here’s the rub: they’ve been in situ for 3 summers. Will it grow in the house through the winter? Is there a problem with attempting to maintain the conditions that they might experience in, say Seattle, for example, but keeping them in a garage (at around 50 degrees), with a plant light source cycling at the sunlight times of Seattle, watering less frequently, and then bringing them back to my indoor setting (in which they have done well)? The overall health. 3) Water heavily just prior to freeze-up. If autumn rains have been insufficient, give your plants a deep soaking to supply water to the entire root system before the ground freezes.  Deep soaking will help to guard against water loss in winter. Thanks again. It’s the most common question I am asked during garden tours here in spring and summer: What do you do with all those huge pots of Japanese maples come winter? Growing Japanese maples indoors means solving the problem of their natural size while addressing their seasonal requirements. In late fall, my son “plants” his small JM bonsai trees in the garden and puts an upside down bucket on them when the snow, icy rains start. Tips For Winterizing Japanese Maple Trees As winter approaches your maples are losing their leaves, going dormant and preparing for winter. If it’s that small, the pot you’d put it in would be very small, too, and wouldn’t provide enough insulation to the root system in the garage over the winter, so you’d have to “plant” that pot in a much bigger one foir extra protection. Now that your Japanese maple is planted, it's time to add a few items that can make the experience of owning and growing a potted Japanese maple even more enjoyable. I don’t know zones, but am in the Roanoke Virginia area. I have succeeded with pushing things a half-zone or a zone, but remember: their roots will still be out in the cold, so to speak, even inside the garage — so you can still kill them, even out of the wind and ice. I have Japanese maple on pots . :). Although Japanese maples trees can be large, they can be grown indoors in containers and often used used in the art of bonsai. Hello. I was planning to keep it indoors as its about 7ft tall. Hi, I got a 30 inch tall Japanese Maple at Kroger of all places. The size of the tree to be transplanted. Japanese lace leaf maple trees (Acer palmatum var.) The key is that they cannot get rained on and snowed on and then melt and freeze up and melt (freeze and thaw), another reason I put them inside. As far as the pots on the deck, I don’t know what Zone you are in or what size the pots are. I have two hardy JM’s planted in the ground on a west facing hill. If you have container plants, winter protection for Japanese maple can be as simple as moving the containers into the garage or porch when icy weather or a heavy snowfall is expected. Indoor growing poses several challenges, especially when you're growing a tree. My question is, should I bring her into my attached garage (small windows for morning sun)? It was a seedling I snagged from my sister’s garden in Mt. Therefore, the Crimsone Queen will fit into tighter spaces than other types of maple trees. Most Japanese maples are at least Zone 6 hardy (with a decent number that technically survive in Zone 5, where I am, but can get a little ragtag in the process, so you see them listed as Zones 5-9, but I prefer to protect them; a neighbor of mine grows them outside in a protected area of his garden). Thanks! Hi Margaret! As a rule, container-grown plants loose one zone of hardiness so container-grown Japanese maples are really rated for zone 6b. No water is offered in the coldest months, when the soil and the trees inside the building are mostly frozen, but I start checking around February, once the slightly longer days are starting to nudge plants to awaken, when they may need a little—especially in March and April. I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 30 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. Place the mulch 6 inches away from the trunk. The 2 biggest are near 8 inch tall. I just checked on her and she has buds. Tie one end of a rope around the base of the tree and encircle the crown of the tree with the rope from the bottom up, reaching as high as possible. Pushing them as far as Zone 3-4 seems like a big stretch. The only reason to remove the stake would be if more wind/weather might buffet it and make it rub/slap/bang against the tree and do more damage. thanks lorraine. To plant in-ground or in containers? Very helpful…and tempts me to want to go buy some more! Since it’s above ground level it will have more root exposure in winter than when in the ground (making it a little less hardy, I expect) plus depending on the scale and stability of the mound, hmmm…where will the upper roots go in a sideways direction, and will there be erosion of the mound, leaving the plant’s roots high and dry? In the barn, they go into there already frozen and basically stay that way. The new garden shed we plan to build come spring will make a fine winter home for our new beauties. I think placing it in the garage may still be too cold. Your next concern should be branches that intertwine or cross since … Welcome! Extend the mulch spread 2 to 3 feet beyond the drip line, (the tree’s outermost branch). I know to put protection around the base, and then mulch, mulch, mulch – I bought stakes and burlap – but it is a pagoda style – how do I keep the branches from snapping off? Mine were never 6″ seedlings in the years I have had them, though — I started a little bigger, maybe 18″ or so, so they were in gallon pots I think — again, which I plunged in a big pot for awhile). Timing (when to transplant) I just planted a crimson queen japanese maple in a raised bed. Winter care for potted Japanese Maples. You could email me a photo if you like — look for the address on the contact link at the bottom of the page. (Disclosure: includes affiliate links.). Many thanks! NOT YET, BUT SOON. Protection, Protection, Protection 1. If you want to growing Japanese maples in the ground in a cold zone, site them where the winter sun isn’t strong, and where the wind won’t whip them. Your email address will not be published. After all, when you install a plant in a hardiness zone to which it is not suited, you are only asking for trouble. Storing the tree in an un-heated garage or shed is the best option. Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) are cultivated as landscape plants across U.S. Department of Agriculture plant … Thanks. Autumn is preferably the most ideal time. Hi, I have my new jm in a cedar pot inside my unheated bedroom. Also, you can’t really erect something unsturdy that will inadvertently catch the snow and ice because then the whole “protection” device could just collapse onto the plant — like a burlap cover overhead would do. Most Japanese Maple trees are sold in pots which can be used for five years or so before the tree needs to be re-potted. Kisco . It requires a “winter” of dormancy so the house is not the place for it, I’m afraid. What concerns should I have with winterizing this plant? So they are trying to take hold. I simply wheel them out and set them near the barn, just in case of a “fire drill.”. Winter Protection for Japanese Maples. These temperate plants need an annual winter dormancy with cold temperatures to grow well. Location, Location, Location 1. Do be gentle if it comes to that. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Hi, Michael. 5) Wrap Japanese maples with burlap (if you experience heavy snows or prevailing winter winds) for at least the first three years. ... Is the winter temperature in your area ok for potted trees? Bare-root tree without leaves 3. I have an 8″ JM not sure of the variety in my garden that has survived for 5 yrs at least but, has not grown much. I have seen structures (temporary ones, but well-anchored) made of lightweight wooden lattice in a chalet (upside-down V) form, and I have seen people use “snow fencing” lattice as well on the windy side and so on. Hi Margaret! As for the soil I am guessing you need a bigger pot, is that what you are saying? There is a variety of redbud that is kind of sensitive, but now you have given me the idea of trying it in a big pot. Affiliate Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. When it comes to growing Japanese maple trees in containers there is very little scientific research on the subject, however we can learn a lot by studying the methods used in bonsai. Snow falling in the colder climates can both protect and endanger plants. Japanese Maples grown in pots often experience some branch tip dieback in winter. Hi Margaret! This won’t harm your tree. What is the condition of the root system. Required fields are marked *. The typical tree is about 10 feet tall, compared to other types of maples that can be up to 100 feet. When to Plant a Potted Lace Leaf Japanese Maple. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants. The seedlings are only about 6″ tall and 6 mos old. I’m not sure what other info to give. Here clay pots of course would break in Zone 5B after freezing/thawing outside, and also the wind and ice events are hard on the twigs of these plants (as they might be exposed on a deck upstairs). Some gardeners root-prune lightly every couple or few years when potting up gradually to a larger container, to tell the tree to stay small–almost as if making bonsai. If you want to growing Japanese maples in the ground in a cold zone, site them where the winter sun isn’t strong, and where the wind won’t whip them. I have several larger potted plants and trees i usually bury in my garden box for the winter. I know I’ll need thick mulch layer and proper watering through fall. It is in the pot, growing outside. He seems to have new leaf growth, but I’m wondering, should I keep him staked this winter, too? I loved this JM post. I am in zone 5 central MA. Wild Japanese maples are medium-sized trees that put on a colorful autumn display of bright crimson and yellow leaves. Acer pseudoplatanus Prince Camille de Rohan, Dwarf Japanese Maples - Great for Containers and Small Areas. Doug Tallamy’s 2007 book, “Bringing Nature Home,” has been for many of us a wake-up call into the entire subject of the unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife, and now with more than a decade of additional research insights, he goes further. Thanks! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Hi, Jina. I have a question about JM seedlings. I can’t see from here what level relative tot he pot the base of your tree is at, so I can’t say where to add what. My thoughts on overwintering other tender plants, in addition to the potted maples. 'horticultural how-to and woo-woo' | margaret roach, head gardener. What should I do with them for the winter? Meaning they will be dormant and need no light (no foliage to photosynthesize) during their “winter’ rest period. So if you intend to cover your Japanese maples for the winter, keep this in mind. My husband and I were heartbroken when we lost our beloved Japanese maple to verticillium wilt a few years ago. I grow the Korean maple, Acer pseudosieboldianum, in the ground (it’s Zone 4 hardy, and looks like a Japanese maple, with fantastic fall foliage color in particular). I have a seedling Japanese Maple about 7 inches tall. Japanese Maples - Care Planting Maples Planting Maples In The Ground. I know I need to protect it – but how?!? Or just leave her in the dark shed until mid April? Not sure how that will work — I have never tried it. This is what I do: Once they have dropped their leaves and gone dormant, after a good hard freeze or so, I get out the hand cart and engage a brave friend. Wait till early spring, pot it up in an appropriate container and give it some love (then tuck that pot into a bigger one of potting soil or peat or mulch for the winter, as I say — you cannot overwinter very small pots up our way, even in the garage!). I check them every so often in winter to make sure they are not totally dry to the point where it might hurt the tree, and perhaps water once after the new year and again just before spring (mine are in very big pots and in a freezing barn, though). Also, excessive watering doesn’t do any favours to your potted Japanese maple tree, either, as this type of acer plant doesn’t thrive in waterlogged soils. 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