CULTIVATION … SOME SIMPLE RECOMMENDATIONS …
The cultivation of Japanese Maple is not as difficult as you might think, but it is good to follow the plant with particular care, especially during the summer. Maples are plants that love fresh, light and moist soils, but absolutely well drained. The best exposure is the one with sun in the morning and bright shadow in the afternoon, especially for the summer, where temperatures exceed 28-30º C. You will ask yourself: “Bright shade in the afternoon”? Yes, just “luminous shadow”: in fact, the ideal for these plants is to have a dwelling near large trees that filter the light and at the same time reduce the heat during the most humorous hours of the day. The way to tackle the problem is different if it is a question of plants grown in pots and perhaps in heavily overheated urban areas. In this case the plant should never miss a correct availability of daily water (avoiding wetting the suprachioma and during the hottest hours), trying to repair them in the afternoon hours. A slightly acidic medium with a pH of 5.8-6.0 should be used for planting. Attention must also be paid to water stagnation or to the presence of impermeable layers on the bottom of the pit. This is, in fact, one of the most frequent causes of plant decay. For the planter plant it is suggested to lay a layer of some centimeters of clay on the bottom to facilitate drainage. In the land of the “Maples of Omate” it is said that these, when they are planted, must hear the bells … We are not crazy, it is simply a very realistic way of saying to suggest that, at the time of implantation, the collar of the plants must be placed rather raised compared to the ground level.
As for fertilizations, the ideal is the slow-release spring one. Without ever exceeding with nitrogen fertilizers in the summer-autumn period, because they stimulate the development of new late buds that will not be able to lignify before the winter. A major problem that has been increasing in recent years is the stress that the plants undergo in the summer due to the high temperatures and hot and dry winds, with consequent scalding of the foliage that can cause defoliation. In medium-serious situations, in case of heat and / or dry climate, the plant will completely lose its hair but within a few days, if you have intervened promptly, new buds will appear. Finally, pruning: Japanese Maple does not really need a real pruning; we simply recommend cleaning the dried branches at the end of the autumn period and possibly a containment pruning with simple return cuts.
Now you have all the tools to grow this beautiful plant, the only thing we can do
we ask you to use your imagination to create your own color palettes.
Play with the imagination with all the shapes and colors of the varieties that we have made known to you.