Acer Palmatum Japanese Maple Bloodgood 5 Seeds Bonsai or garden
Acer Palmatum 'Japanese Maple Bloodgood' -5 Rare Seeds
Top choice among small trees for all-season beauty. A superb Japanese maple with long lasting and unfading reddish purple leaves that turn a glorious red before they drop in autumn. Bloodgood produces small reddish flowers in May time and usually produces attractive seed pods with red wings.
Planting is simple, dig a hole large enough to easily take the roots, place the tree in the hole and cover the roots with soil up to the surrounding ground level. Simple enough, but bear in mind a few points. Don't add any fertiliser to the soil at this time because it may burn the roots. The tree should be planted to the same depth as it was in the pot. Having planted the tree, firm down the soil using your boots to ensure the soil is in good contact with the roots - water well if the conditions are dry.
It's a good idea to tie the tree to a stake for the first three years. Stakes should be 5cm (2in) diameter and in general about 1.8m (6ft) high - 60cm (2ft) below ground, and the remainder above ground. The stake should be 15cm (6in) or so from the main stem. Tie the trunk to the stake at 30cm (1ft) intervals using plastic ties available from garden centres - do not use wire or anything which could cut into the tree trunk. The ties will need to be checked for the first couple of years to ensure that growth of the tree trunk has not caused them to become too tight.
Although beautiful and delicate looking, Japanese Maple trees surprisingly require very little care. The only annual task that benefits the plant is a mulch around, but not touching, the stem. Use well-rotted compost and apply it in early Spring.
The key dangers faced by Japanese Maples are damage by late spring frosts and water-logging. Frosts can damage the leaves, especially those of Dissectum varieties but it is only rarely fatal. Simply snip off badly damaged areas of the leaves and the plant will recover in a month or so.
Water logging is most likely to damage the fine root system in winter. There is no cure, so ensure that the planting position is chosen well
First of all we soak the seeds in lukewarm (not hot!) water for 48 hours. This softens the seed coat a little. Next we mix the seed with a little damp (not too wet) sphagnum moss or peat and put it in a plastic zipper bag. Leave the seeds in this humid atmosphere for 4-6 weeks at room temperature.
leave the zipper bag in the refrigerator for 60 to 90 days. This is to mimic the natural action of seeds going through a winter season. After the 90 days sow in trays or pots filled with a good seed compost. If you have a seed propagator use it or find a warm place to maintain a steady temperature of 65-70F (18-20C)
Cover the seeds to their own depth: ¼ Inch (6 mm) with seed compost.
Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 2-3 inch pots.
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