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  1. Janet mahay

    Janet mahay Gardener

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    Hi I took a stem cutting from a red Japanese maple and put in water for a few weeks till I saw some root appearing then put it in a pot
    I was nor really expecting it to grow but watered it anyway. After a few weeks nothing appeared so I thought but when I looked closely something was growing from the stem so I left it but as it grew it was not red but green with a tint yet the leaves don't look like Japanese maple so what could it be?
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    Can't quite make it out (on phone) but it looks like a dahlia?
     
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    The leaves as you say look very simular too dahlia leaf so maybe i should name it Japanese dahlia as it growing from a japanese maple stem
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    I'm just wondering if it is our usual cuckoo in the nest.
    Goat willow?
     
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    Hi pete never heard of goats willow so looked on the net and yes it looks like it but i am puzzled why its growing from the stem? if it was growing away or next to the stem most likely it would be it maybe i should wait till it grows bit more as its onlt a few inches high at mo thanks
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Well, only you know if it is actually attached to the old stem or growing next to it.:smile:

    To me its not a maple of any kind, so I can only ask, are you sure the stem cutting you took was part of the maple, could it possibly have another plant growing through it.
    Final idea:scratch:, an outside chance, you may have took a cutting from the rootstock, perhaps, but if that is the rootstock I wouldn't have a clue what your maple is growing on.:biggrin:
     
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    hi pete the maple bush I took 8 stem cuttings not root stock off was a Japanese maple it even had the leaves on i put them in water but only 1 stem really survived and when I put it in compost it had 2 maple half dead leaves on it.

    I re examined it the plant and it is attached so all I can think what might have happened that maybe there was a goatwillow seed or something like it in compost and somehow it attached itself to stem and maybe it took over how it did not sure??? Next time I buy a Japanese maple plant all ready growing in a pot thanks for giving me idea what it might be
    I let it grow a bit then later I remove it
     
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      Tesco's are presently selling small, very healthy Acers ...for about £7.00. if I remember correctly.
      Normally Acers are grown from seed.
      Special named cultivars are normally grafted on to plain Acer palmatum.
       
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