Years ago I had a gardening magazine with an article about growing trees in containers. The idea intrigued me. But somewhere along the way, I lost or threw out the magazine.
When they cut down the two trees on my apartment patio, the idea of trees in containers became even more appealing.
Intrigued With Japanese Maple Trees:
A tree I’d always longed to have is a Japanese Maple tree. One day when I was at the nursery, I walked around and looked at them. The price for Japanese Maples started around $69.99.
So one day I bought one.
I got a big pot and transplanted it into that pot. And I put it on a plant dolly so I could roll it around if it needed to be moved.
It Grows Well On My Apartment Patio:
Before long my Japanese Maple was growing like crazy and it’s gotten bigger every year. I’ve now had it about three years on my apartment patio.
I love to watch the birds hopping about the branches and then dipping down to get a drink in the bird bath.
I love trees. And I love taking photos of trees. All kinds of trees.
But I especially love taking photos of various varieties of Japanese maples. Their leaves are so distinct and pretty.
Below is a look at Japanese Maple trees I found online planted in containers.
Various Photos Of Japanese Maple Trees:
Aren’t they beautiful? Each a different color with leaves that look like works of art. I just adore these trees.
In fact I’ve never come upon a Japanese maple tree that I didn’t love. What’s not to like?
How To Grow Japanese Maple Trees In Containers:
So now you’re probably wondering, how do you actually grow Japanese Maples in containers? And here’s some information for you:
- Dappled or afternoon shade, especially when young
- Protect from strong wind
- Well-drained, consistently moist soil, neither excessively wet nor dry
- Protection from late spring frosts, especially when young
- Choose a dwarf cultivar that matures at less than 10 feet. Larger plants will also work if you prune them annually.
- Select a container that’s no more than twice the volume of roots.
Make sure there’s a drainage hole — Japanese maples will not survive in
- Use quality potting soil — but not one that contains slow-release fertilizer that might burn roots.
How & When To Fertilize:
- Fertilize sparingly. Apply a water-based fertilizer, diluted to half-strength, when growth begins in spring.
- Prune in midsummer to shape the plant or keep it at a desired size.
Individual branches can be coaxed to hang downward in a more elegant
habit by hanging light weights on the branches for one growing season.
When To Repot Your Japanese Maple Tree:
- Repot once roots reach the sides and bottom of the pot — generally
every couple of years. Prune the roots by cutting away large, woody
roots to encourage small fibrous ones to form.
My Japanese maple did not do well in full sun, so it is in partial sun and does quite well there.
I so enjoy the changing of the leaves come fall.
When I want to do something but confront a problem doing it, I always like to challenge myself to find a way.
And since I rent an apartment and no longer have trees growing on my patio, I decided to grow trees in containers.
Ginkgo Biloba Jade Butterfly Tree:
I also have a Ginkgo Biloba Jade Butterfly tree in a container on my patio. The leaves look like butterflies in flight and are variegated.
In case you’re interested in more information, I found this site for Japanese Maple lovers.
Just because you might not have a yard or own your home does not mean that you can’t have a tree in a container.