Help with unhappy maple
Hi everyone, I'm new on the forum, I've search for an answer, but there have been some conflicting replies, so I'm more confused than ever. Please bare with me if this has been answered before. First off, I live in South Africa.
I purchased a Dissectum Viride (lacy leaf)last year in October, which would be our Spring, and planted it in a square container that is about 24 inches high and 15 inches across. The tree itself looks like a baby to me, it also about 24 inches high and about the same across, in a weeping habit. I positioned it in morning sun, and almost straight away, I got the dreaded leaf burn. I moved it to a shady spot in my patio. Over the last 4 months the leaf burn has got worse, the whole plant is affected and there is no new growth. For the last month, which is the end of our summer, we have basically had a heat wave here with temp at about 90 everyday, in the last two weeks some of the leaves are now turning yellow and dropping off. This is one tree I don't want to lose.
- Is the container the right size?
- i potted it in a rich compost soil, was this correct, should i look at repotting it..next month will be the start of our autumn and temps should come down significantly
- I'm watering it everyday because of the high temps, but is the yellowing a sign that i'm overwatering it regardless. The leaves have been burned brown till now but not dropping off
- I was told that the viride turns red in winter, but other people have said that it looses it's leaves completley...it the leaf dropping just a response to the shortening of daylight?
- I fertilized it once last year with a liquid fertilizer and not since
I would sincerely appreciate some direction with this, bar begging with it every afternoon not to die on me, I just really don't know what else to do. thanks everyone