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Question by  preetishailgarg (19)

What is a good Japanese maple fertilizer?

I think my Japanese maple needs fertilizing.


Answer by  worker4311 (77)

Japanese maples do not require fertilization in the right kind of soil. If it is in a container, then it might take some nutrients. If it is in the ground, then its probably some other problem. Take a leaf to your local nursery and get their opinion.


Answer by  BrendaG (6111)

Feeding once monthly with a slow acting organic fertilizer is recommended. Fertilize spring thru autumn, eliminating it during hottest summer months. If using a chemical fertilizer, use every other week with half strength solutions of a balanced fertilizer(20-20-20). The Japanese maple thrives with acidic soils and a good drainage system is essential.


Answer by  lexuslady315 (635)

a low nitrogen fertilizer is good for Japanese Maples. They need good soil along with the nitrogen. You should also talk to your tree as they like attention and it helps them grow.It also needs to grow in conditions that are right for this type of tree. And make sure you water it well.


Answer by  dramagirl (24)

I use basic bonsai fertilizer which you can by at garden stores. Fertilize only during growing season. Also remember, fertilize a healthy tree. DO NOT fertilize immediately after trimming. Also, wait until the tree has settled into a new home. Use organic fertilizers for natural trees, and keep careful records of your fertilization days to keep it consistent.


Answer by  wmgcgirl12 (293)

An organic compost or a slow releasing shrub and tree formula should suffice. Use a light treatment of the slow release fertilizer.


Answer by  Dana46 (2345)

Japanese Maple is a hardy plant that needs little extra attention. If it has been growing rapidly then it would be a good idea to fertilize it gently with a commercial fertilizer at half strength, once a month, or mix some compost into its soil to give it a little boost.


Answer by  Redhdz (527)

Feed with a slow-acting organic fertilizer every 20-30 days, spring to autumn. Do not feed for two months after re-potting. Don't feed during the hottest part of the summer for 2 months. If you use a chemical fertilizer, feed every other week with a half-strength solution of a 20-20-20.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

I use dehydrated lime on mine. The trick is to put it on after the sun goes down and so not put water on it. I do mine when I know it's going to rain at night that way it gets into the grounds and doesn't get the chance to sunburn by putting water on it during the day.

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