What to do with chance maple seedlings?

lisaonbainbridgeJuly 6, 2014

I have noticed that I have seedlings that have come up from probably acer japanicum and acer palmatifolium. I would like to see if any of them are interesting, but am not sure how to handle the seedlings.

Should I leave them where they are and give them some water? Should I dig them up and pot them?

Thanks!

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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

I pot them up and see what they do. Consider them free Japanese maples.
You can water them where they're at this summer and then put them in pots in late winter or early spring. Then grow them up to see what they do as far as fall color, growth rate, new growth color, seed color, etc.
Mike

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 12:00PM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

Here's a few that survived the culling process.
Mike

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 1:10PM
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lisaonbainbridge

Thank you, Mike. If anything miraculous should happen, you will be the first to know.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 6:22PM
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oldfixer

Depends on how many trees you want/need?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 6:27PM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

With seedling grown maples you want as many as possible so you can choose the best. Many have nothing special to offer. I like them all, but I'm getting pretty picky in my old age.
Mike

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 6:58PM
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nyboy

Friend pots them up and sells at her yard sale. Only asks a couple of dollars, but sells them all by end of sale.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 2:47PM
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