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Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' with curling leaves

Beds, United Kingdom Gb

Bought this plant less than a month ago from a reputable garden centre but the leaves are now starting to curl. The plant did come with a 5yr guarantee but I would like to try and save it if possible.




I see you have it planted very close to a wall, and that is an extremely dry place to be. I suggest you dig it up and move it further forward, the main stem should be at least a foot away, preferably 2 feet, from that wall. This also allows to the plant to grow all round, rather than having to push all its growth forward because the wall is in the way.
Don't know how much sun it gets where it is, but it may be too hot a spot for it - that's the other thing about a wall, it radiates heat if its been in the sun. This particular Acer is a woodland plant, likes dappled shade, cool conditions. Move it, soak it, (read my blog on watering as well) and make sure it's not in the midday sun, or shade it during hot spells.

10 Jul, 2009


OH dear, my husband was sure it would be OK there, but obviously not. Not many places to put it in our garden, could we plant it in a pot? We do have some varying from small to quite large.

10 Jul, 2009


If its not possible to move it further forward, then a pot would do, but make it a minimum of 12-18 inches deep by a foot wide. If you can move it further forward, then do, and stand something in front of it to shade it if we have another heatwave. And if you want to read the watering blog, easiest way to find it is to click on my icon, get to my home page and click on blogs - there's only 4 to choose from!

10 Jul, 2009


Hi, thank you for your advice. We have now moved it into a more shady spot in the garden so hoping it will now settle down.

7 Sep, 2009

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