My baby Japanese Maple

messymoops(z6a MA)August 10, 2007

I am going to try to post a picture of my young'un. It was a "volunteer" from my neighbor's yard. I've tried raising others like it before, but had no luck till now! I dug this out of our lawn last year and stuck it in a corner of my front bed for a nursery to see what would happen. Last fall its few (maybe four) leaves were munched off by varmints. They came back once, but were eaten again. I gave up hope. But this spring...voila! Here it came back! Now it's about a foot tall, with many leaves. My questions are, what kind is it? And also, should I just let it grow straight for a few years? Do I need to remove any leaves at this point, or what? I've never raised a tree before!

Now let's see if I can make pictures appear...

Mary

No such luck. I'll post this then go try and figure somthing out!

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messymoops(z6a MA)

Well, I'm totally frustrated. I hope no one gets mad for posting this here, but I am trying to pull in my picture to my message, which I see has been done before. I finally got it into the garden Gallery, but how do I get it in my message?! Waaah!

Mary

    Bookmark   August 10, 2007 at 7:01PM
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zone_8grandma

Mary, try this

Here is a link that might be useful: Quick and Easy way to post pictures

    Bookmark   August 11, 2007 at 11:39AM
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messymoops(z6a MA)

Well, thank you! I'd still prefer to put the actual picture in the post, but the link will suffice for now! It looks like the instructions you have might have changed, though I'm not sure. Anyway, here's the link, see what you think it is!!

Thanks again!

http://i16.tinypic.com/5zp6dyu.jpg

Mary

    Bookmark   August 11, 2007 at 12:16PM
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myersphcf(z6a IL)

Ok firstly I'd put some chicken wire around it to keep the critters out ...second a seed grown tree is classified a seedling tree and is NOT a named cultivar ...It looks like a matsumarae leaf form which is not uncommon...and is simply a red japanese generic maple. It seems healthy so just protect it and let it grow DON'T trimm it or remove any leaves..if it's in a "bad" place I'd wait a year and next late fall or early winter or late winter early spring dig it up and move it. Even generic Jm's like a little afternoon shade but they are "generally" hardy and not too picky it will likely do ok just about anywhere. David

    Bookmark   August 11, 2007 at 2:56PM
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messymoops(z6a MA)

Why, thank you! The chicken wire is a fine idea. And thank you for the rest of the advice. I'll let you know how it does! It's a fun adventure.

Mary

    Bookmark   August 11, 2007 at 4:04PM
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