Thanks to its small size the Japanese maple is the perfect tree also for smaller gardens. Striking and elegant, it manages to enrich any room and its bright and vibrant foliage guarantees an unparalleled refinement.
The simplicity of its maintenance also makes it excellent also for those who do not have a green thumb, a tree that can also withstand any kind of difficulty even in adverse weather conditions.
Perhaps not everyone knows it, but Japanese maple can be grown without any difficulty even in pots: a tree therefore perfect also for terraces and balconies. In order for this to be possible, it is not recommended to cultivate the plant in the ground and then transfer it to the pot at a later time; better to get it used to the vase from the first months of life.
As you certainly know, there are also many different species of Japanese maple available; not all of them are suitable for growing in pots, but only those that do not reach great heights even in nature. It is therefore preferable to always ask your trusted nurseryman for advice before buying.
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Japanese maple in pot: care and maintenance
The Japanese maple needs a lot of light to grow to perfection. The light certainly does not lack on the balconies and terraces, but it is important to note that this plant fears direct sunlight, especially during the hottest periods of the year.
This is true both for the plant cultivated in the soil and in the plant cultivated in pots, indeed for the potted one is worth even more.
Yes, because this small space in which the maple is forced to live tends to increase the temperature in the root zone considerably and this can bring the plant to dehydration in a very short time.
Precisely for this reason it is really a lot It is important to place the plant in a place where the sun only beats for a few hours a day. On balconies and terraces it is not in most cases complicated to find a place of this type, thanks to the present walls it is usually possible to find a half-shadow position that the maple really loves a lot.
Despite being rare, it can happen that there is not enough space. You can overcome the problem by moving the plant during the course of the day; in fact potted cultivation has this advantage in its favor. After a few hours you can then move the plant to a shaded area and thus always be able to guarantee an optimal position.
We are perfectly aware that this is a rather boring and laborious activity and that you might even forget about it, but it is important that this happens especially when the plant is still very young and needs to adapt to the habitat in which it was inserted . Later you can leave it in the sun a little more frequently.
Always for the same reason it is advisable to water the potted Japanese maple frequently and fairly abundantly in order to keep dehydration at a distance. Be careful not to overdo it though, the Japanese maple does not like stagnant water.
Japanese maple in pot: the best soil
It is not necessary to buy a special potting soil to be able to grow a potted Japanese maple in the best possible way. It is indeed a very versatile plant which grows undisturbed on any type of soil, even in a pot with common soil.
If you have the chance, however, it is advisable to choose a soil with many nutritional elements and that is drained as much as possible: the nutrients will in fact allow the plant to grow strong and lush while the drainage will favor the escape of water avoiding stagnation. Also in this case, it is better to refer to your nurseryman who will be able to advise you in the best way.
Japanese maple: which vase to choose
The Japanese maple vase must have special holes in the bottom that allow the water to escape. In this way water stagnation is minimized and the maple has the possibility to grow impeccably. Obviously, always for the same reason, it is important not to add a saucer.
It is better to opt for large enough pots so that the plant has plenty of space at its disposal to be able to better expand its roots. As the plant grows, you can obviously decide to buy an even larger pot, so that the plant can continue its growth undisturbed.
And what about the material?
A terracotta vase is certainly the ideal choice, in fact an excellent material for the correct growth of this type of plants. We must admit, however, that terracotta is rather heavy. In the event that your plant is now large and if you need to move it at least once a day to put it in the shade, it is better to opt for a plastic pot, certainly much lighter and easier to handle.
Pests and diseases of Japanese maples
Unfortunately, even plants grown in pots can be attacked by parasites, small insects that take up residence on the plant and feed on it, thus leading to death. The parasites that most frequently attack Japanese maples are the aphid, the heliophidae and the red spider mite.
Realizing that an attack by these pests has taken place is really very simple: in fact the leaves tend to change color and lose their natural brightness, often also they dry up, fall and are deformed. What to do if pests are attacked? Simply use the anti-parasitic products available on the market today.
In addition to pests, it is important to remember that the maple can get sick. Most of the diseases that this plant encounters are actually the direct consequence of stagnant water. Should problems of this type arise, it will be sufficient to eliminate the parts of the plant that have been affected by the excess of water and to reduce watering.
For other types of diseases it is always good to seek advice from a professional in the field, who will in fact be able to direct you in choosing the best product. Fortunately, there are many products on the market that are simple to use and really very effective, which counteract any disease these trees can take.
Now you have at your disposal all the information you need to grow your Japanese maple in pots. Don’t miss the opportunity to enrich your terrace with this plant so rich in charm!