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Gather together everything you need and put a layer of crocks in the bottom of the pot.
Half-fill the pot with compost, then remove the acer from its container and position it in the middle of the pot.
Fill in around the plant with fresh compost and firm it in gently, making sure it's planted at the same depth as it was in its original container.
Japanese maples, or acers, are ideal for pots as they're slow growing and make stunning focal points.
Top the compost with a layer of decorative mulch, such as pebbles or crushed shells, and water well.