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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.

FIND more con­tainer ideas at gar­den­ers world.com/pots-con­tain­ers

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