Gli Aceri di Omate Little tips

Gli Aceri di Omate Cultivation... Some simple advice...

Japanese Maples thrive in cool, light, and moist yet well-drained soils. The ideal exposure is with morning sun and bright shade in the afternoon, especially during the summer when temperatures exceed 28-30°C. You might wonder, "Bright shade in the afternoon?" Yes, precisely "bright shade": indeed, the ideal situation for these plants is to reside near large trees that filter light while reducing heat during the hottest hours of the day. It's different when dealing with plants cultivated in pots, especially in heavily heated urban areas. In this case, the plant should never lack proper daily water availability (avoiding overhead watering and during the hottest hours), and efforts should be made to shelter them in the afternoon.

For planting, a slightly acidic soil with a pH of 5.8-6.0 should be used. Care must also be taken to avoid waterlogging or the presence of impermeable layers at the bottom of the planting hole, as this is one of the most common causes of plant decline. When planting in pots, it's suggested to lay a layer of clay a few centimeters thick at the bottom to facilitate drainage. In the land of "Aceri di Omate," it's said that when these plants are planted, they "must hear the bells." We're not crazy; it's simply a very realistic saying to suggest that, at the time of planting, the plant's collar should be rather elevated compared to the ground level. Regarding fertilization, spring slow-release fertilization is ideal. Avoid excessive nitrogen fertilizers during the summer and autumn, as they stimulate the development of late new shoots that won't have time to lignify before winter. A serious problem that has been increasing in recent years is plant stress during the summer due to high temperatures and hot, dry winds, resulting in leaf scorching that can cause defoliation. In moderately severe situations, if affected by heat and/or dry weather, the plant may completely lose its canopy, but within a few days, if intervention is timely, new buds will appear. Finally, regarding pruning, Japanese Maple actually doesn't require extensive pruning; it simply requires cleaning of dead branches at the end of autumn and possibly containment pruning with simple cuts back.

Now you have all the tools to cultivate this beautiful plant, the only thing we ask is for you to use your imagination to create your color palettes. Play with creativity, experimenting with all the shapes and colors of the varieties we have introduced you to.

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