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Acer’s are attractive trees with stunning autumn foliage for cold & temperate climates.  Japanese maples have many leaf forms and colours and are usually small to medium sized trees. Several varieties of maple also have very attractive brightly coloured bark and stems.  Larger trees like Box elder and Norway maple are suitable for cool climates.


How to grow acers in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny or partly shaded spot in the garden and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Dig a hole in the prepared area, place the plant in the bottom of the planting hole, gently backfill around the plant’s root ball with soil then water well.
  3. Reapply Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser around the root zone every 8 weeks from spring until mid autumn to promote good soil health.
  4. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, sugar cane or pea straw and water in well.
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How to acers grow in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 500mm wide and deep. Position in full sun or part shade and protect from strong winds and harsh midday sun.  Dwarf varieties are best suited for growing in a pot.
  2. Fill chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. 
  3. Plant into pot and water in well. Reapply Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser around the root zone every 8 weeks from spring until mid autumn to promote good soil health and keep the maple well nourished.

Growing tips

  • A number of Acer species can be used as bonsai plants.
  • Some species need part shade to preserve their foliage from summer scorching, but some can withstand exposure to drying winds. 

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