Q How do I grow a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) in a pot?
A Japanese maples work well in a pot on the patio. Choose a large container and use a Best Buy compost for pots and add controlled-release feed. There's no need to add crocks (broken pots) to the bottom of the pot as these will impede drainage.
In a container, water often in dry weather so the compost doesn't dry out - you want the compost to be moist not wet or you may have problems with frazzled leaves.
Repot in a larger container if needed or remove the top layer of compost each spring and replace with fresh compost mixed with controlled-release feed.
Protect the roots from freezing in a pot by moving it to a sheltered spot during cold weather or wrapping it in bubble wrap or fleece.
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Caption: Japanese maples make stunning trees for pots