Plant of the Month May - Acer
Indigenous to Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan, Acers (Acer Palatum) also more more commonly known as Japanese Maples, are small deciduous trees, reknowned and greatly valued by gardeners for their graceful habit and beautiful dissected foliage. Many Acers have spectacular Autumn leaf colour.
Acers will grow in most soils but favour slightly acidic, well drained loam. They grow best in sheltered conditions in partial shade to avoid leaf scorch.
Acers are relatively slow growing which makes them ideal for growing in pots and containers. Plant in a loam-based compost, which allows good drainage and has a high percentage of organic matter, such as John Innes No 2 or John Innes Ericaceous.
Keep the compost moist, but not soaking wet and feed in spring and early summer with a slow-release Acer fertiliser or liquid feed.
Pot grown Acers will need repotting into a slightly bigger container every couple of years. Spring and Autumn are ideal to do this.
The roots of Acers in pots are vulnerable to frost so protect with bubble wrap or move into the greenhouse for the winter.
We have a lovely selection of Acers in stock at Morris's from small plants ideal for container growing to larger specimens.