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Old 09-25-2009, 10:07 PM
 
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how do they do? what specimen trees love our crappy clay soil? my japanese maple is dying cause of all the rain...
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Middle, TN
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how do they do? what specimen trees love our crappy clay soil? my japanese maple is dying cause of all the rain...

When did you plant it? I planted apple's, peaches, and pear tree's a few early springs ago and some of them didn't do well the first year. I thought they were going to die. The second year they came out more lively but still didn't take off well at all. But this last year ... they have rocketed out of nowhere. I have not had to water 'em this year though ... they've gotten plenty from mother nature this round. I'm not sure about Japanese Maples, but those Hybrid Poplar, Honey Locust and Cedar tree's I've bush hogged every year on our farm sure seem to live though about anything, growing in rocky, rocky soil to boot.If rocks were valuble, I'd never have another worry as they grow here every year , lol.
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Old 09-26-2009, 05:15 PM
 
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After I drowned a couple of japanese maples in lousy clay soil, I finally got it right. A nurseryman told me about this method of planting. Dig out a hole as big as you can blast/pick out. Fill it up with good garden soil in a bag. When you get the hole nearly full of good soil, set your tree down on top of the hole/soil. Your tree's root ball will be OUT of the soil. Then get bags and bags (about 4 I think) of mulch and surround the tree's root ball to make a huge mound. Water it during the summer almost daily.
If you go to the newer subdivisions and look, the trees are almost all planted with a huge mound like this. Mine finally has made it thru 2 summers.
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Old 09-27-2009, 03:48 AM
 
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thanks to you both for the info...
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:23 PM
 
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I must have better luck on mine. My Bloodgood was about 2 feet tall when I got in a pot (for $9). I stuck it in a flower bed for a year and moved it to another bed up front. Did nothing special. The drought hurt it, but not lethally. A late frost a couple of years ago was pretty bad, but you couldn't tell it now. I put on my old Japanese bandana and tackled it with my pruners. Must have made a hundred cuts to loosen it up. It's now 8 feet tall, full and really pretty.

I visited the Biltmore estate a few years back. It was late spring and the thousands of maples were sprouting (kind of like they do here in my flower beds). I pulled up a five-inch seedling of a beautiful lime colored japanese maple, spit on a napkin and tucked it into the cellophane of a cigarette pack. I broke it sitting on it, then forgot about it till I got home. It looked like a toothpick with one root.

It's 7 feet tall now, and stunning.

I must have really good dirt.
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Middle, TN
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I must have better luck on mine. My Bloodgood was about 2 feet tall when I got in a pot (for $9). I stuck it in a flower bed for a year and moved it to another bed up front. Did nothing special. The drought hurt it, but not lethally. A late frost a couple of years ago was pretty bad, but you couldn't tell it now. I put on my old Japanese bandana and tackled it with my pruners. Must have made a hundred cuts to loosen it up. It's now 8 feet tall, full and really pretty.

I visited the Biltmore estate a few years back. It was late spring and the thousands of maples were sprouting (kind of like they do here in my flower beds). I pulled up a five-inch seedling of a beautiful lime colored japanese maple, spit on a napkin and tucked it into the cellophane of a cigarette pack. I broke it sitting on it, then forgot about it till I got home. It looked like a toothpick with one root.

It's 7 feet tall now, and stunning.

***I must have really good dirt.***

No doubt. Wish we did
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:19 AM
 
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I pulled up a five-inch seedling of a beautiful lime colored japanese maple, spit on a napkin and tucked it into the cellophane of a cigarette pack.
Well THAT brought back some memories! A couple of years after Elvis Presley died, my late husband and I were in Memphis and went to his house to visit his gravesite. Nobody was around and there was an urn filled with a beautiful hanging sedum of some kind. I told my husband that I wanted a piece of that. He broke some off and stuck it into the cellophane of a cigarette pack.

Brought it home, it lived, thrived and I gave everybody I knew a piece of Elvis' plant.
My aunt, who is in her 80's now carries a shovel and knife in the trunk of her car to dig up plants on the side of highways. She has the best luck with them.
Congrats on your wonderful soil!
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:00 AM
 
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There is an old wives tale about "stealing" a cutting, that it will grow the best of all of the others in your garden.. Seems to be true!
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