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Using a stump Grinder

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 20:01

I agree. They are expensive and powerful - can't imagine you being able to hire one. 

Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora' pruning

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 19:57

Yes. that goes for all spring flowering and most early summer flowering shrubs. 

Acer assistance - NEWBIE NEEDS HELP!

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 19:53

This is really puzzling me. The larger one looks like a Japanese maple. (About seven years ago OH and I spent several happy hours sowing chitted seeds of a variety of maples, including Snakebark, Acer cappadocicum rubrum, and various Japanese maples. The supplier chitted them for us so when we got them in small polythene bags with compost, each had a little root. We didn't need to stratify them - just sowed them, and a good proportion came good. I have several in my garden now. 

The seedlings looked like yours, but so do sycamore (sorry I keep coming back to them). Thing is, I can imagine your friend's father sowing maple seeds pretty densely in a seedbed, digging them up and potting them to take away, and some seeds may not have germinated right away. Sometimes they can take two or more years to break dormancy. BUT, it's four years on since you got the original one, and suddenly some more seeds have germinated. That's surprising ( to me anyway), but I guess it's possible.

The alternative is that some seeds from another tree have landed in the pot. My mother in law kept seedlings in pots outside until she had found them a home, but often by the time I got round to planting them there were birch, beech and cotoneaster seedlings among them. But you say there are no trees near you. So maybe they ARE the same as the bigger one. 

Anyway, you will soon know, when the true leaves of your seedlings open fully. 

As for the sickly seedlings, I agree with Alina. The roots may have been damaged, and yellowing could be because the compost is too wet for them. I would try to keep them out of the rain, but outside, to let the compost dry out a bit. Don't be disheartened if you lose a few. that's normal. 

Acer assistance - NEWBIE NEEDS HELP!

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 18:20

Looks like you have some rather attractive plantlets there. Lucky you!! You have done the right thing - just keep them somewhere sheltered outside, away from frost, which will kill them, and away from morning sun. 

Acer assistance - NEWBIE NEEDS HELP!

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 18:16

They DO look like Japanese maples to me!!!!

Acer assistance - NEWBIE NEEDS HELP!

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 18:15

If you have had the tree for four years, how big was it when you got it? The seeds can't have come from the original, so I can only assume that they have come from another mature tree close by, which may not be the same as the original. Whatever they are, there must have been a lot of them being shed for eight to germinate in your pot,  and  I still wonder whether what you have are weed tree seedlings. You will know better once the leaves open. 

honey fungus

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 18:06

Christine, you have my sympathy. I once thought I had it in my garden and went into a blind panic, googling for images to compare, peeling back bark to look for mycelium, digging yo see if I could find bootlaces, though I doubt I'd have recognised one if I'd seen it. In the end it turned out to be just a lot of golden capped toadstools that are quite common in woodlands round the base of trees.

At least your honey fungus has been dealt with, and hopefully it is no longer lurking in your soil.

This list of resistant plants may be of some help:

Acer assistance - NEWBIE NEEDS HELP!

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 17:44

You posted this twice. I have replied to the other post.

Acer assistance - NEWBIE NEEDS HELP!

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 17:43

Annie, my first reaction was to think you were talking about a Japanese maple, as these are the type that are normally grown in pots. But these trees take many years to get big enough to set seed. And you would have noticed the seed on the tree, a pair of wingnuts - very attractive. So I don't think it can be a Japanese maple. 

My next thought was to wonder if you don't have a sycamore, which is an acer, and it sets seed like mad. But it is generally regarded as a weed. They grow into very big trees, and I would imagine one would very quickly outgrow a pot. And you certainly would want to think twice about growing more of them! I don't know where the seed came from. Is there a large acer-like tree nearby? If it is a sycamore I would imagine most of  the seedlings will be tough enough to survive without much care. 

It would help to have some more information to help identify what it is. You could google 'sycamore leaf' and look at the images to see if that's what it is. 

How to retrain growing tip of Cornus controversa Wedding Cake Tree

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 13:46


It's a bit difficult to advise without seeing it, but if the original leader is still in good shape, you could prune the dominant shoot back, and nip out some of the buds that appear on it over the next few months. That might well divert the tree's energy into the original leader. 

What a lovely tree, by the way. I have often admired it - saw the variegated one at Overbecks National Trust Garden near Salcombe last year (what an amazing garden / house!!), but I can't afford it!! £50 minimum, for a small one.

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