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04-17-2005, 04:32 PM
I thought I had lost my japanese red maple. I have it in a large pot. It appeared to be dead, almost a stick. Then I noticed two beautiful red leaves!!!!! I cut a little of the "dead stick" back.

What can I do to help my baby become comepletely healthy again!
All info much appreciated!


Quirky Quercus
04-18-2005, 06:50 PM
Did you find out why it declined to begin with?

04-18-2005, 08:26 PM
Where is the pot? Full sun? Windy location? What zone are you in? In my climate, the Japanese red maple leaves are just now beginning to emerge, tiny little things. If the pot is not outside in full sun, it probably should be. Donít over-water. Water slowly and thoroughly when the soil feels dry.

04-20-2005, 10:33 AM
Growing temperate trees in pots is very tricky. I would suggest that you plant it outside in the ground. Trees that spend their lives indoors don't go dormant and this will eventually kill the trees (tropical trees are a different story).

04-20-2005, 07:36 PM
I want to leave my red maple in the pot (which I have outside on the front porch. ) Right now I am renting, I want to plant my tree in the ground when I finally purchase my own place.
Unless I hit the lottery, it might take some time. How can i give the best care
for this little Japanese Red Maple in a pot. I'll appreciate any advice!

Thanks, Jeana :)

P.S. I live in Georgia

04-23-2005, 11:41 AM
HI Iam new to this site and I am curious how fast do the red maples grow?? The jap. ones and the regular red maples... also what size are the free trees you get when you become a member which I am planning to do in a few moments... thanks

04-24-2005, 12:56 PM
My tree seems to be coming along nicely now.

I keep it out on the front porch most of the time. No direct sunshine. But when it gets cold ( like last night) i bring it inside

I would like to identify what type it is. It has deep burgundy leaves (with maybe a tinge of green throughout Each leaf has five points.

04-24-2005, 05:28 PM
Jeana: can you post a picture?

Racerwife: red maples come in so many varieties that it's hard to generalize how fast they grow. But I think what you are asking is, how fast do Japanese red maples grow -- generally, they grow slowly. (That said, my Bloodgood JRM has grown quite fast so far. I understand they tend to grow fast when young and given ideal growing conditions, then slow down to a slow growth rate after 10 years or so). Red maples, the big shade trees, tend to grow very fast. My Web site might help. I've got examples of both of these types of red maple. (Still, there are probably hundreds of other varieties and cultivars!)

This will get you to my October Glory red maple.
(Scroll down to find my Bloodgood Japanese RM and my Red Sunset RM)

04-25-2005, 10:15 AM

I kept a Red Japanese Laceleaf Maple in a pot for about 5 years and it did just fine. The trick I used was in the fall I would leave it outdoors overnight a couple of nights when it was cool (but not freezing, thats how my ex killed it.) It would drop all its leaves, and I kept it right inside my french doors where it was pretty drafty so it stayed cool (even when we had the heat on in the house). I watered it a few times during the winter, maybe lightly every three/four weeks, but basically neglected it otherwise so it would stay dormant. Every spring when things started to get nicer outside I would water it more, and it would sprout back out. On nice days I would take it outside, but brought it back inside before it got cold. I loved that little tree. I had it in a neat Japanese ornamental pot. If they are kept in a pot, they are very slow growing.

Best of luck with your little tree, I plan on getting another one once I get my house built and move into it.


04-26-2005, 07:36 PM

I'm trying to identify my little japanese red maple
Any ideas?


04-27-2005, 01:22 PM
You might want to post that picture in the maples forum over at GardenWeb.com. Lots of JRM people post in there.

05-04-2005, 12:33 PM
Get a book on bonsai. JPM are commonly grown as bonsai plants. Since the mature height of even a small variety is typically at least 8 feet, you will need to manage it carefully so that it will survive, thrive, and be moveable. Even though you won't want to have it 8 inches tall, many of the bonsai principals will apply (some bonsai trees are grown to be about 5' tall).

If you are in a cold climate, frost damage to the upper branches is not uncommon. Where I live in Central New York, we can get substantial branch damage about once every 10 years because of the cold. Two new shoots coming out is a good sign that the tree will do just fine. Even the hardiest JPMs are truly just Zone 5 in an unprotected setting. Zone 4 will kill off their upper branches. We are Zone 5 on the maps but I suspect that we get a Zone 4 winter about every ten years.

Consider a drip watering system during the summer and then insulation around the pot in winter. If it is exposed to wind, you can put up a burlap windbreak in the winter.

05-04-2005, 06:03 PM
To help identify my japanese red maple look up above and click on my photobucket link!!

Thanks all help appreciated!

Jeana :)