Get it right
Japanese maples are ideal for growing in pots as it’s easier to give them the conditions they need to thrive. However, they are vulnerable to frost, so insulate the pot with bubble wrap (below) in the colder months. Use John Innes No.2 or ericaceous compost as Japanese maples prefer slightly acidic soil. Guard against over- or underwatering and ensure the pot is well drained. Position in a sheltered area, avoiding draughts and direct afternoon sun. Repot every two or three years to keep it healthy. Feed in spring and summer with a slow-release fertiliser (right). To enhance the fine-cut leaves, choose a plain container in a complementary tone.
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