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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 5:14 pm    Post subject: Soil for Japanase Acer Reply with quote

http://www.aldi.ie/ie/html/offers/special_buys3_16896.htm

Am i right this needs acid soil? saw one in Tesco similar but no instruction were with it
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes absolutely acers prefer acid soil
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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yes absolutely acers prefer acid soil
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

forest flame wrote:
yes absolutely acers prefer acid soil
do you know would it be ok in the centre of a small lawn. is it too fast growing for that?
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the one thing Japanese maples require more than anything else is protection from wind,especially as new growth appears in spring... so in the centre of your lawn is probably not a good idea...
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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

would have to agree with protein. acers do best in sheltered conditions and not in morning sunshine as if there is a dew or rain the early morning sun will burn the delicate leaves.
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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 10:29 pm    Post subject: that japanese acer Reply with quote

Hello Banner. How's it goin' out west?

That ALDI acer is already in a four litre pot which is quite small but sufficient. It could be buried, pot and all, in a hole the size of a large bucket, which has been filled to the top with a bag of ericaceous compost. The pot will restrict its roots til it gets well established and when they do break out it'll be at the bottom. By the time the roots get out to your own soil the tree will be well set for life.

If you have a windy site, use a stout stake but tie the tree as low down as possible. It's not the tree you're staking. It's the roots. Not a lot of people know that is the main reason acers get hammered in windy sites. The roots can't establish because the tree above them is swinging all over the place.

That little tree would make a beautiful statement in the very middle of a handy lawn. BTW give it about 2Lires of water at the base every morning for a week after you've put it in. But after that let nature look after it or you'll drown it.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have two of these similar not aldi. would they grow in an area where there is never any sun? There is a wall and the tree would be at the north side, facing north.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 1:42 am    Post subject: acer from ALDI Reply with quote

Is it me or did a whole year go missing on this thread?
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 2:13 am    Post subject: Re: acer from ALDI Reply with quote

walltoall wrote:
Is it me or did a whole year go missing on this thread?

yes i never bought the aldi one only bought a couple last week
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jap maples do not need acid soil they will grow in alkaline soil. We have 5 beauties growing just keep pthem out of the wind
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Jap maples do not need acid soil they will grow in alkaline soil. We have 5 beauties growing just keep pthem out of the wind
They willl not grow in in complete shade tho
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

banner wrote:
Greengage wrote:
Jap maples do not need acid soil they will grow in alkaline soil. We have 5 beauties growing just keep pthem out of the wind
They willl not grow in in complete shade tho


Uuh?

I've seen 5 in a garden in Cork where they had no direct sunlight and they had grown very big.

They're understorey trees in woodland in the wild.

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