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Controlong Japanese Maple size

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 18:02

Hi Verdun,

yes the conditions are perfect - its even an acidic soil! so I thought ideal.

I guess im just concerned that keeping a tree that wants to head for 15m down to 5m max is just too big an ask?

If anyone could recommend good Japanese Maple or Aesthetic pruning books I would really appreciate it

Controlong Japanese Maple size

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 16:42

They are 'Butterfly' 'Chiyo-Hime' 'Atropurpureum' the latter being the big one - I would like to keep it as its foliage colour is so lovely.

As I said im a beginner and normally wouldn't even consider trying to 'stunt' something to that extent but ive heard that Japanese Maples really lend themselves to 'aesthetic pruning'

I really want to try this out as im learning to prune - it would be me maintaining for him.

Of course if its impossible to maintain the natural shape whilst controlling the size there isn't much point I guess ;( these are such a bargain though..

Controlong Japanese Maple size

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 15:24

Is this an obscure question?

I really thought someone would have a good idea here about Japanese Maples - come on guys and gals!

Controlong Japanese Maple size

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 21:17

Hi all,

ive seen a pretty good deal for Japanese Maples online - you have to buy 3 pre chosen for you - im renovating a friends garden with a long border and thought they looked ideal but my problem is one of the Acers apparently gets up to 15 metres? the others at 1.5 and 3 metres are manageable.

Is it possible to control the size of the large one down to 3 metres with judicious pruning? Im a beginner so unsure 'bonsaiing' to that extent would be a good idea...

Many Thanks!

Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:50

Eh - he knows this, he has actually gardened much longer than me. I think he was suprised at how acid the soil was, and i have proffessional pride and dont want to wack in something that looks half dead in 6 months - of course we could dig in some good quality gravel and hope for the best but its his money not mine.

 

I will break it to him gently

Lavender border in acid claggy soil - too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:45

Thankyou all ( REALLY)

Im much clearer on the whole thing now - im not sure going for it and using fungicide will work he wants 'low maintenance' and i suspect isnt keen on chemicles ( im not either)

I have put the ball in his court saying either - its going to take ALOT of work or you need to make peace with it and give up.

I will look into Catmint ( hardly any cats nearby) and Perovskia

Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:41

Thankyou

 

I agree with you Verdum - its my client/friend/pain in the butt who i dont want to give 'sad face' lol

You are all a brilliant help - its so nice getting into gardening and seeing how helpful people are, its like a little gang! Im taking up a Horticulture course so hopefully i will be asking less noobish questions in future... Rx

Lavender border in acid claggy soil - too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:11

Yeah i have been working on him over heather - its a SLOW process.

Tbh i dont think the soil is clay - it doesnt stretch from a ball when wet, i really dont have alot of experience so im thinking that due to how it holds water quite well but doesnt crack in the sun that its a loam/clay mix but ultimately the issue is drainage.

Gardening is complicated!

Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:07

But what PH is your soil blairs? his is 4.5/5.0

Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:00

Is loam even too wet? Its def not full clay - as it doesnt crack in the sun its just feels abit 'boggy'  That said trying to get a soil from 4.4/5.0 to 7.0 plus is enough to contend with in the first place.

Can anyone suggest a nice smelly alternative ? Ive already suggested Heathers but they arnt that smelly, i was thinking maybe Echinacea

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Has my achillea 'forncett fletton' died?

no new growth 
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