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Sarahs garden


I have a very large and beautiful acer in a pot that's too small. This summer the plant has really struggled so I've invested in a new larger 3/4 barrel. Can I move the acer to its new home now or do I have to wait for the spring as advised in the September issue? I really don't want to loose it; I want to give it the right soil and conditions, which it currently doesn't have.



if it's in a pot now and you put it in a bigger pot with the right compost I can't see what it could complain about


I would suggest doing it whilst its dormant in Late Winter, February is probably best. This is when I intend to do mine


Hi sarah, we have a thread running about Acer's and one that's not doing well, but it also discusses conditions and compost etc...I'd check it Nut I can't see an Acer in a pot suffering from transplanting, but, it isn't likely to grow much in the winter so why not wait?

Sarahs garden

Thanks that's really helpful. I'll check out the thread first and then decide. I'm cross actually because someone who was very convincing made me cut a tall section off at the end of the summer. He siad it was struggling and then I read that it was the wrong thing to do, it just needed more room for water and better soil. So now I really want to do what's right by it!


I bought one in November last year. It was Acer Palmatum but I don't know more than that. It was in a 2ltr pot and I planted it within a week of getting it, into a good sized 4ltr pot with some home made leaf mould added to the compost. It has done great and settled into it's new home well.


I would say wait till Feb. Acers are prone to drowning by overpotting, so doing now as we go into winter is not a good idea.

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