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Hi everyone, I have a red Acer about 3.5-4 meters ( 12ft ) high and nearly as wide with a trunk of about 6" dia. Would there be any chance that it could be moved safely? At the moment it is in my front garden which will soon be cleared of trees and shrubs to make way for car parking. It seems a shame to just cut it down. It's now Oct. so at the best time to move trees. 

Hi, is it ok to move my acer from its pot ( been in there about 10 years!) to a spot in the garden. I have selected the spot which is quite sheltered by a wall - I have put some John Innes (3 I think) into soil. Is there anything else I should do? All advice welcome - thank you.  


Hi Helen, potted trees can be planted at any time of the year but now is a particularly good time.  Add some fish, blood and bone fertilizer to the planting hole and soil removed from that and mix it in a bit before planting the tree.  It might be worth sprinkling some mycorrhizal fungi (ie Rootgrow) onto the root-ball before planting it into the hole.

Just one thing though: Acers like neutral to acid soil, so if your soil is alkaline (eg if you live in a chalk or limestone area) I would recommend that you just transplant it into a larger pot instead of into the soil where it might suffer.

Hi, I am moving house at the end of July and I need to move 2 acres both about 10 feet tall; one red and one green. They will need to be moved to pots for transporting and then left in the pots until the new garden is landscaped, dug etc since it has been left for around 30 years! of course this could all take some time. what is the best way to do this given that this is a terrible time to move them? For example, how to dig them up, what to put in the pot, how big should the pot be, should the leaves be covered during transport to protect them?? Many thanks for any responses


Hi Sklig

Came looking for the same information, thanks to you for asking the question and to Geoff and Alina for their illuminating answers

Cheers to all


hi also my first time on here,  i have just moved my dads purple acer with berries on, the acer did not have a root ball at all, the soil all just fell away but it does have quite large roots.  The leaves have all drooped, been in two days now with the same soil it was originally in and i have been giving it bucket loads of water.  Any suggestions on how i can make sure this bush lives, its about 4ft tall and bushy.  No other option i am afraid as my dad died and we have to give up the house.


Graham, Acers naturally lose their leaves at this time of year.

There is no need to give it any special care at the moment, and you don't need to give it any more water.

Next spring give it a feed and all should be well.

I repotted my acer , its around 10years old . Stuggleing to leaf this year . I have fed and waterd it . Hopefully  this lovely  sunshine will bring it on .

I'm in the process of trying to re-pot my 6 foot 6 inch acer - that's 10 years old, inherited when my mother passed away. Although buds have appeared it doesn't appear to be producing healthy leafs. It may have become over saturated and boggy during the spell of heavy rain followed by frosts. I should have protected it! I have been out with my trowel trying to loosen it around the edges but really not having much success. I guess the root ball is filling out the whole pot and it's proving too difficult to dig around. Its in a pot measuring approx 2 foot in diameter. Is this too small? Any suggestions/recommendations would be gratefully received.  

HI everdody,

I am moving to Northern Scotland from Devon. I have several Acers growing. Should I put them into pots now or wait until the time is nearer for the move . it should be in late July.


Tonyabbott, I would do it now.....July is prob the worst possible time. Keep watered and sheltered 

Hi all

I have a few acres in Pots

obe has died, and I have seen the dreaded vine weevil around the garden.

Should I plant out?


My son has just accidentally chopped down my Acer. He was trying to get to a tree that was growing behind it which I wanted removing. I'm gutted! He feels really bad about it. Is there anything that can be done? Or is it all over for this Acer? He's cut clean through the base :(


I think that's toast Karen....

Has he got a decent sized piggy bank? 


I thought as much. Thank you anyway 😢


Can anyone tell me if you can successfully move a 15 year old ace , it's 10 ft high was going to try and move it end of November. Many thanks. 

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ellen.murphy says:

Can anyone tell me if you can successfully move a 15 year old ace , it's 10 ft high was going to try and move it end of November. Many thanks. 

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If it's necessary to move it, then it's worth a shot.

Wait until all the leaves have fallen and then dig round it, making as big a root ball as you can manage.

The thicker branches are quite brittle so you need to take care. The roots are usually not too deep, so it is possible.

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