Japanese Maple Seed Propagation: Tips On Planting Japanese Maple Seeds
What are Japanese Maples?
The name “Maples” comes from the Latin word “mamma”, which means mother. These trees have been cultivated since ancient times. They were used as early as 5000 BC in China. Since then they have been widely planted throughout the world. They are native to Japan, but many other countries have their own varieties of these trees. There are over 100 different species of maples, each with its own characteristics and uses. The most common variety grown today is called the American Chestnut (Populus tremuloides). Other popular types include the Red Maple (Acer spp.); the White Oak (Quercus alba) and the Eastern Hemlock (Liriodendron tulipifera).
The Japanese Maple is one of the most commonly grown trees in Japan. It grows naturally along rivers, streams and lakeside areas. It prefers full sun, moist soil and fertile soils. Its wood is very strong and resistant to rot or insect attack. Some of its uses include furniture making, boat building, paper production, roofing materials etc…
How to plant Japanese Maples?
Choose a spot in your yard that gets a lot of sun. The soil should be loose and well-drained, but fertile. Fertilize the soil before planting your tree, then dig a hole larger than the size of the tree’s root ball, deep enough so that only the roots are visible when you place it in the hole. Carefully remove the tree from its container or pot. If the tree is root bound, another container may be needed.
The holes should be larger than the root ball of the tree. If they don’t have a hole or are too small then the roots might end up breaking.
When placing the tree in the hole, angle it at about a 30 degree angle. This will ensure proper water drainage whenever it rains. Water your tree in well, making sure the water soaks into the root ball. To ensure further growth and health of the tree, apply a thick layer of mulch around the base. Water it every day for the next week, or until you are sure that the root system is well established.
If you want to add a personal touch, you can get creative and build a cute little bench or something similar around the tree. You can choose to plant more than one tree as well!
Uses and Benefits of Japanese Maple Trees:
(i) Aesthetically pleasing to look at and can make your backyard or garden a very relaxing place to be.
(ii) They are tolerant of adverse weather conditions such as strong sunlight, cold and dryness.
(iii) They are easy to maintain. Just make sure that the soil is well drained, watered and fertile. Also prune it from time to time to ensure proper growth.
(iv) In addition they are resistant to most diseases and insects, so you don’t have to worry about attacks on your trees.
With the wide range of Japanese Maples to choose from, you are sure to find one that will fit in well with your backyard or garden.
Video Demonstration of How To Plant A Japanese Maple Tree In Your Yard:
Here’s a short video (less than a minute!) demonstration on how to plant a Japanese Maple tree in your yard. Remember to choose the right place (full sun) before you do plant it!
Japanese Maple Tree Picture Gallery:
Here are some great images of Japanese Maples that can be used as inspiration for your future tree. Remember to choose the right place, (full sun) before you do plant it!
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