Asked by: Katerine Langhandke
asked in category: General Last Updated: 5th February, 2020

What soil should I plant my Acer in?

Plant acers in well-drained soil that is moist and rich. Add plenty of compost to lock in moisture and make sure the ground doesn't dry out. Get a three-step guide to planting trees here. Cover the ground with a deep mulch of compost or leaf mould.

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In respect to this, do Acer trees need ericaceous soil?

Acers need well-draining (but not dry) soil, with plenty of light and, most importantly, a great nutritional profile to help growth and foster those stunning scarlet leaves. As such, most gardeners choose ericaceous compost for acers, and many opt to use a specialist topsoil too.

Secondly, what soil do Acers like in pots? Acer palmatum varieties adapt well to life in a pot providing the roots are kept moist and have a good drainage and aeriation. Crocks in the bottom of the pots are a good idea. Loam based compost such as John Innes No 2 is best together with a bark mulch to help avoid water loss.

In this way, what soil is best for Acers?

The perfect soil for acers is free draining but rich in organic matter and slightly acidic, but these trees will thrive in most soils apart from the very alkaline or very wet. Japanese acers come from forested areas, so add plenty of leafmould or compost to the area that you plan to plant.

What kind of soil does a Japanese maple need?

Japanese maples do well in most types of soil. I recommend a loose media; consisting 40% fine silt or sand (usually your native soil), 20% peat moss and 40% organic compost. This mix will provide good drainage combined with good water and nutrient holding capacity.

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