What should i chose and advice for viridis?
Some background...I live in Johannesburg south africa, probably the most un-maple friendly climate to have a love for the little trees!! We have very hot summers that can be extremely wet. Hot during the day, heavy downpours in the afternoon and evening.Around March, which is our late summer we go into rain mode and it can rain non stop for two weeks, we then have sunny mild dry winters.It gets cold at night. I have had a viridis now for a year and half,this tree has driven be round the bend, but i'm determined to see it through, last year the heat scorched the leaves and the damp from the rain nearly killed it. I re-potted, changed the soil mix and added a lot of perlite, and moved it to a shadier location. In spring we had the most beautiful new growth and I did a little maple-god dance around the pot.
We are now in the middle of summer, and the rains have come early, it's not happy once again, leaves are turning yellow and falling off, soil is just too damp and it's showing the same stress that it showed last year albeit a little later this time. I know I'm fighting against the climate but
1) any suggestions as to what i can do to keep this tree looking better throughout summer and
2) any maples are really hard to come by here and pretty expensive. I have come across a collector who lives in Cape town (different weather, closer to Europe weather) and is selling a Inazuma, a Beni maiko and a Bloodgood that he root stocked. My heart is yelling....run...break the bank buy one quick, you'll never get this chance again, my head is saying, you can barely keep one alive, what are you thinking!!! If I take one, I can only take one, considering the conditions, is there one of these three that might be a good bet? or should I just throw in the towel and look at pretty pictures of them on the internet?
Thanks to all