- Sand, garden peat and compost
- Outdoor pot (optional)
First, place the Japanese maple in a bucket of lukewarm water for an hour before planting. Japanese maple grows well in fairly moist, acidic soil that contains a lot of humus. You can improve the quality of the soil with garden peat and compost. Is there a lot of clay in your soil? If so, dig a bit deeper and fill the hole with sand, garden peat and compost first. Japanese maple feel at their best the semi-shade, but they can also live in the sun as long as the soil contains enough water.
How do I plant the Japanese maple directly into the ground?
- Choose a spot in your garden where the Japanese maple won’t be in the afternoon sun.
- Dig a planting hole and loosen up the soil very well.
- Place the top of the root ball just below ground level.
- Fill the hole with soil and press it firmly into place.
- Water the Japanese maple immediately after planting.
- Remove the Japanese maple from the nursery pot
- Choose an outdoor pot that allows excessive water to drain easily.
- Add some garden peat and compost to a large pot and place the maple inside.
- Give your plant a bit of water right away.
- Place the outdoor pot in a shady spot and set it out in the sun for an hour longer each day, which allows the plant to adapt.