Japanese Maples
What is the correct way to care for Japanese Maples to produce growth of lots of leaves? Do you fertilize and with what product?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

"Hi,

Thanks for writing. It's best to grow Japanese maples in a spot shaded from afternoon sun and in moist, well-drained soil that's been enriched with lots of organic matter, such as compost or peat moss. If you do this, you shouldn't need to fertilize because the organic matter feeds the soil for you.

If you're not able to incorporate organic matter, then you can use a general-purpose garden fertilizer in spring or early summer. But I'd be wary of fertilizing much --- it can do more harm than good.

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com"

Answered by BHGgardenEditors
Community Answers (2)

we have a green small leave maple in the afternoon shade area, the trunk and the branches are all green but has very little leaves, we water it every day and fertilize with all purpose fertilizer occasionally. What should we do? Thank you.
Submitted by wailingko