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I have an Acer pal­ma­tum ‘Blood­good’ in a con­tainer and would like to plant it in the gar­den but l have al­ka­line soil. Will it thrive if planted out?

Acer pal­ma­tum are not as dif­fi­cult to grow as many peo­ple imag­ine. They will grow in al­ka­line soil and even on chalk if there is a good depth of soil. Their main dis­like is wind, es­pe­cially early in the sea­son when the new leaves are un­furl­ing. Pick a shel­tered spot in sun or part shade to pro­vide plenty of light to give your Blood­good good colour; also work some good com­post into the soil be­fore plant­ing to give your Acer the best pos­si­ble start.

Taver­ham Nurs­ery Cantre, Fir Covert Road, Taver­ham, NR8 GHT, Tel: 01603 860522

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