· Leaf color – Depends on the cultivar and time of year. New growth can be shades of green with white or pink variegation; or crimson, red, bronze, purple. Fall color includes: scarlet, red, bronze, yellow, crimson, etc.
· Growth habit and shape – Depends on the cultivar selected; unusual branch twists and formations are highly desirable with some cultivars. Generally considered a small tree in the landscape, but height and width are variety-dependent. Ask when you buy.
· Pruning – Rarely are Japanese maples and their cultivars pruned. Only selective pruning would be done to maintain and accent unique form and shape.
· Care – Clay soils (heavy soils that are typically found east Montgomery) should be amended with organic matter – compost or composted manure prior to planting to improve poor drainage. After planting, water every other day allowing the soil to begin to dry slightly between waterings. Shallow-rooted, Japanese maples prefer a light covering (1-2″) of an organic mulch to protect the roots.
We have a strong selection of Japanese maples in fall color at Southern Homes and Gardens, its time to plant!
Fall is here & you can feel it in the air – here are some helpful reminders for the month of October:
- Plant Spring flowering bulbs like Daffodils, Hyacinths and Lilies and apply a light, complete fertilizer such as Espoma Bone Meal or Pennington Bulb Food.
- Divide overgrown clumps of perennials, such as Daylilies, Daisies, Hostas and Coneflowers. Replant divisions or give to friends as “pass-along” plants.
- Plant Snapdragons, Violas and Pansies for fall and winter color.
- Still time to plant Ornamental Mustard and Ornamental Cabbage.
- Fall is the time to plant or transplant shrubs. Water newly transplanted shrubs thoroughly.
- This is a good season for improving the soil by adding organic amendments – such as Soil Conditioner
- Add vines and ground covers to your garden such as Clematis, Mondo Grass, Creeping Raspberry and English Ivy.
- If you move plants inside from the patio, make sure they get the best light possible. Also, check for insects. You may need to use an insecticidal soap prior to the big move.
Russell Brown, General Manager – Southern Homes & Gardens