The best way to Grow an Acer Palmatum &#3 4; #3 4 & Bloodgood;

Acer palmatum “Bloodgood” is a small, deciduous Japanese maple featuring colourful foliage spring through fall. The hand-formed leaves start purplish-red in the spring off, darken to red in summer and are red by drop. The maple is hardy in United States Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 5 to 8 and grows 15 to 20-feet tall with the same spread.

Plant the “Bloodgood” Japanese maple in well-drained, sandy loam soil which is slightly acidic. The maple wants protection and prefers full sun to dappled shade.

Unless circumstances are windy or especially warm water occasionally. If using a hose or sprinkler, water seriously and slowly, and enable the soil to dry several inches out . In arid climates, water using a soaker hose or drip irrigation 2-3 times a week. Keep the soil moist, but not damp. Winter watering is required during long spells.

Apply a layer of mulch throughout the maple to keep moisture, leaving several inches involving the mulch as well as the trunk.

Feed the Acer palmatum “Bloodgood” with the organic compost or a slow release shrub and tree foods after new growth emerges in spring.

While it’s dormant, prune the maple from November. Use a pruning saw or loppers to eliminate wayward branches and the ones that are damaged or dead. Maples are designed to seem normal, therefore keep pruning to the very least.