When can I transplant a Japanese Maple?

bencjedi(6 - Central Kentucky)March 27, 2009

I have a young Bloodgood Japanese maple that was probably 2 years old when I saved it from Lowes. I planted it in the back corner of my yard over a year ago, but now would like to move it inside the fence where it will be seen. It's still a little tree and budding right now (maybe 4' tall and kind of scrawny). Can I move it now or should I wait until all the leaves are blooming before moving it? The buds look tight (slightly behind in the spring cycle compared to the other Japanese Maples in my yard). It needs to move sooner than later because I have some wisteria to take its current location over and no where else to plant the wisteria.

It is the tree in the way back of this picture from last October:

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I would appreciate some advise. TIA

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bencjedi(6 - Central Kentucky)

I think I found my answer and it is ASAP given that the buds have not opened or swelled. Great forum here!

Here is a link that might be useful: When is a good time to transplant a Japanese

    Bookmark   March 27, 2009 at 8:30PM
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bencjedi(6 - Central Kentucky)

The tree seems to have taken to it's new home and the buds are swelling and starting to open. Only problem is we're due for 2 nights of below freezing temps. It appears all my Japanese Maples decided to bloom earlier than last year. What's the best way to cover them up to protect their tender leaves? My Fireglow on the front lawn is my largest tree and survived last year's hard freeze with black plastic and stakes underneath to give the bag something to stick onto.

Last year I did this:
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I might do the same since it worked. Pain in the butt to do this, but That's the 2nd tree out front and I don't want to lose another one. I have 5 Japanese Maples now, so that's 5X the effort this year. :(

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 12:01AM
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picea(6A Cinci- Oh)

Don't put plastic over the plants, it will cause more problems. If the leaves are not out on the plants and the buds are just starting to open I wouldn't cover them unless its doing to be a very hard freeze. 28-29 degrees won't hurt them at this stage.


    Bookmark   April 10, 2009 at 10:01PM
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bencjedi(6 - Central Kentucky)

David, you're late by a few days. The freezing overnight temps (and snow) rolled through earlier in the week. The photo in my previous post is from a year ago. What I forgot to mention is that there is a comforter wrapped around the tree first and the plastic over it to protect it from the rain and getting soaked (removed the net day). I did the same thing earlier this week and all 5 Japanese Maples are looking great and seemed to get the leafing process accelerated by the 2-day coverings.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2009 at 2:04AM
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