have a japanese Acer, which was losing leaves whilst other leaves where shrivelling. I checked your website and treated it for drought, watering it well since which time we have had lots of rain. I also fed it with eracious feed and put much more eracious soil in its bed. I also treated a small infection of muscel scale insects as advised on your website. However, despite the daily rain and my 'nursing' it is still losing leaves and some are still shrivelling. Anything else I can do?
Thank you to my two respondants.
I live in the North West of England close to the Pennines (Saddleworth Moores). We get a lot of rain, and up until the hot summer this year have never needed to water my acer separately. However, it is also quite windy in this area and my acer is central to the garden. So I guess it is not ideal conditions though, as I said, it has survived and flourished up until this year. It's about five/six years old.
I have pruned some dead wood and branches from which the leaves have been lost and will feed it again at the appropriate time. So keeping my fingers crossed. Will obviously keep it well watered.
The attached photograph was taken in the summer of 2009.
Thanks again for your replies
- 5 Aug, 2010