When should I re-plant this acer?

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    I bought this well established acer off ebay earlier this year and my plan is to plant it in the soil in roughly the same location as it is now standing.

    It's been raining for weeks here and the forecast is for much more of the same but tomorrow is showing as a dry day so am I good to plant it or should I wait?

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      Plant away! It will put on good root growth and be ready for spring :)
       
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        Loofah is correct:thumbsup::love30: As it's in a pot it can go in the ground whenever you get the chance, just keep it well watered for up to a month before letting it get on by itself. That is a very nice, healthy looking Acer, what variety is it?
         
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        I've been told it's an acer seiryu.

        Should I mix ericaceous compost or regular compost with the soil in the hole?
         
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          A mixture of both should be fine, Hoofy. There's a belief that Acers can only grow in ericaceous soil/compost but, in fact, they will grow quite happily in neutral soil without any problems as my Acer Brilliantissimum, Katsura, Tamukeyama, Beni Maiko, prove

          "ACER PALMATUM DISSECTUM SEIRYU

          Characteristics

          This green Laceleaf Maple one of the few upright ones, almost all the others have a weeping form. It is a vigorous tree with finely dissected leaves that are tolerant of heat. In autumn the foliage turns to a wonderful display of strong-gold, light-yellow, and crimson. Although upright, the tree maintains a compact stature, and its feathery leaves, which hold up well to heat, bring about dappled sunlight.

          Where to grow

          Some care is needed in the siting preparation of all Japanese maples. They are not the easiest of trees to establish, needing care in planting and protection from the elements until they have formed established root systems. They do not like wet or heavy soils neither will they tolerate poor dry soils. They will only grow well in moist well drained humus rich soils. Therefore pre planting ground preparation is more important than ever, watering while in leaf need to be like the goldilocks story, not too little, not too much, but just right.

          They almost all need some shelter from strong winds which will scorch the leaf ends. Small plants are particularly susceptible and will need nursing until they have a strong branched structure.


          Did you know?

          Seiryu means "blue-green dragon" in Japanese"

          Plant it and enjoy it, Hoofy:thumbsup:
           
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          I started digging the hole last night but I ran out of time because I underestimated the task at hand. The acer is in a half barrel so it's a big hole to dig, made much more difficult because I'm lifting old flags and digging there, so there's all the stone chippings bed to get through before I'm down to the soil.

          The plan is to finish off this afternoon. I'll post a picture.

          Getting rid of the soil and stones is going to be a bit of a bugger too.
           
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            Fun digging out patios isn’t it! If it’s a small area then I used to just bag it and stuck in the general waste over a few weeks
             
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              It's not really a small area though. I think there will be upwards of 5 wheel barrow loads to get rid of. I do have a few plans on how to get rid but in itself it's quite a task.

              Our household waste disposal centre has a facility for inert waste but you have to have a permit (which I have) and you get a yearly allowance that I've already almost used up. Maybe get rid of as much as possible there and then the rest in the bin over the next few months. Or I could pay one of my neighbours who has a business with a skip permanently at his premises.
               
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                pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                Whenever I've done any thing that requires digging out some soil I've usually managed to scatter it around the garden, rubble is a different problem, but soil, an inch or so extra here and there soon disappears.:smile:
                 
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                  I guess you would class this as rubble because of all the stones mixed in from under the flags.

                  Anyhow, job done, apart from getting rid of the soil/rubble. I'll have a go at that tomorrow.

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                    All rubble gone to household waste centre. My back is done for after 3 consecutive days over exertion. Just muscular, I think. I knew I'd do my back, but it's just a bit of discomfort for a day or so.
                     
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