Saturday, November 9, 2013

Japanese maple #1

When I repotted the tree in August and cut the roots with a motor saw many folks thought that I was crazy and knowing what I was doing. Now see what the tree looks like now! I am so grateful that he tree does not knwo that I did everything wrong. About a dozen folks unfriended me at that time because they wuold have nothing to do with such a rouge person.

 

9 comments:

Monte Paynter said...

I don't doubt you know what you're doing and the tree is obviously fine. I would like to hear more about your reasoning though. In your opinion is August actually better than the usual springtime? If you had this tree last winter would you still have waited til aug? Horticultural theory behind it? Thanks, mp

Walter Pall said...

I would have repotted it in spring of this year. But I was in hospital at that time. I believe that end of August in my climate is just as good as beginning of April for a maple like this.

Anonymous said...

" I am so grateful that the tree does not know that I did everything wrong."

Thanks for the laugh on this Monday morning!

Anonymous said...

In the first picture we can see two wooden strips in the soil of the pot. What is the purpose of these pieces of wood?

Walter Pall said...

These are not wooden strips, these are a firm part of the pot made by Derek Aspinall to strengthen the pot, to prevent breakage when carrying the heavy tree.

Anonymous said...

Do you prefer to wire your trees into the container with copper wire? Some believe that the roots are averse to copper and in fact a tree in a copper pot might never be root bound because the roots wont grow to touch the pot.

Walter Pall said...

I wire sometimes with copper and sometimes with aluminum into the pot. I have wired with copper for fifteen years now thousands of trees. I cannot say that I have even once seen an obvious problem from that. I think it is a myth.

Anonymous said...

Hi Walter,

What specifically is similar between August and the Spring time in your climate? Is it the sunlight, the rainfall, length of the days, humidity levels?

In August on the east coast of the US it's very hot, very dry, and the days are just beginning to shorten. In the spring it tends to rain, and the temperatures are much lower.

I'm just trying to understand what to look for in the conditions rather than following a rule blindly.

Walter Pall said...

i speak about climate in Central Europe. you speak of Eastern USA as if it were one single climate. What's similar in Maine and Virginia? And then I never said 'August' but end of August to middle of September for most broadleaved trees. This may be beginning of September to end of September for you if in NY or north. You have to know your climate.
It is the shortening of days and getting cooler quickly in late summer and enough time to prepare for the winter. In spring it is that trees will start growing too early if repotted to early because that stops winter dormage, and late frosts are VERY dangerous for the new fine roots and are usually NOT dangerous for a tree that was not repotted to early. and then most folks cut roots when repotting because they don't know better and there is the sugar and energy for new growth that they cut off when it is too early. Later that energy is in the branches already. There are different reasons for spring and late summer.