How to Grow a Weeping Japanese Maple How to Grow a Weeping Japanese Maple
The weeping Japanese maple is one of the most popular of all ornamental trees as it provides a great focal point to any landscaping or flower garden. The distinct color and shape of the leaves can add a great contrast to the other flowers, shrubs and trees in your garden. Since the weeping maple only grows about 6 feet tall, it makes a great addition anywhere.
Step 1 - Scope Out Perfect Location
Plant your weeping Japanese maple in a place that has good drainage and gets a little shade. While the tree needs the warmth of the sun, it will not do well in long periods of direct sunlight. An area that has some morning sun and afternoon shade is the best option.
The Japanese maple will thrive in cool soil that has a high degree of moisture in it.
Step 2 - Dig Hole
Plant your weeping maple in a hole that is double the size of the root ball of your tree. It should be twice the size in depth and in width.
Step 3 - Amend Soil
After you have the hole dug, you should amend the soil to give it the richness that the tree will need in order to start growing. Use some organic compost, peat moss or even leaves from another maple tree. Thoroughly work the matter into the soil.
Step 4 - Fertilize Soil
After you have worked in the materials for the soil, you can add some slow release fertilizer as well.
Step 5 - Plant Tree
Remove the Japanese weeping maple from its container. Be careful not to damage or disturb the roots. Stand the tree in the hole, and gradually backfill the soil. Once you get to the top of the ground level, do not add more around the tree.
Step 6 - Stabilize Trunk
Your Japanese maple will need to be standing upright in order to keep it growing properly. You can add some stakes around the tree and tie them to the trunk to hold it upright.
Step 7 - Water and Fertilize
After you have planted the tree, water thoroughly. Make sure the ground around the tree is wet. The biggest problem with the weeping Japanese maple is that if it dries out, the leaves begin to wilt and die. Keep the ground cool with water.
Fertilize the tree once a month for maximum health. Apply slow release fertilizer to the ground around the base of the tree.