((( Root Over Rock Maple )))

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  1. Les

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    This is a new tree I purchased a week or so ago. This acer has been growing over this collection rock from South Africa for over 20 yrs. I slip potted it two days ago and I plan on doing nothing to it until next years repot.:)

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    The really like the rock, the more I clean it the more colors I find on it.
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  3. Cadillactaste

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    Looks like a decent size...what size pot is it in...and the dimensions of tree? Cool find! Congrats.
     
  4. Les

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    Thanks Darlene, the tree is 19inches tall from soil to the top and it's in a 14inch pot in the bottom picture.
     
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    You changed the pot shape...would love to see a full on view of it in new pot. What a fun tree to have on ones bench! I like the way it's done. So many ROR in some way bug me. But this one is done nicely.
     
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    Les, is there a reason some leaves are fully out and other branches are bare?
     
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    Hi Serg, that was a concern of mine too when I got that picture. I thought it was a fall picture because he said the tree is now dormant and he in Florida but when the tree arrived it looked just like that. So I hope it will be ok a regain its vigor.
     
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    Ok good that you only slip potted it. Definitely would not mess with the roots. I hope it does well for you. As long as the branches remain green and not grey and looking shriveled there is hope. I would keep those plants at its base in check. Personally I would clean it all out now until you know the tree is healthy. Later you can add plants if you wish.
     
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    Ok, I'll do that today. :)
     
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    I'm normally not a fan of root over rock maples but this one caught my eye. If it recovers well this year I will look for a nice pot for it next year. I used this one because it was big enough to put the whole tree in so not to disturb the roots. :)
     
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    In the many years I lived in Fl and kept potted trees and bonsai, many of the more northern temperate species I saw that somehow made their way to Florida looked similarly (there weren't many, but a high percentage of the ones I did see). I think this due to a combination of factors related to the trees being kept in a generally unsuitable unsuitable climate for longterm health and vigor(the most important of which being lack of chilling hours for proper dormancy).

    From what I have read, generally speaking, trees that require winter cold can survive roughly 2 years after the last proper dormant period before finally succombing when there is a complete lack of any winter chilling hours given. If this tree was located in the Northern (or cooler parts of Central Fl) and/or was only there for a short time, the above 2 year rule of thumb may not apply.

    I would say, give it excellent care relative to its species going forward and hope for the best.

    I agree with Les re what a convincing root-over-rock specimen you have there.
     
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    Thank you for that info. I'm wondering if I should keep it in the garage with the other trees or place it in our very small green house for humidity factors.
     
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    Well,if it came from the south...and your a Northerner. Then the thing has not acclimated to your temps/climate. Add on a slip pot I would be protecting this if it were me. The greenhouse sounds ideal with it in leaf already.
     
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    ^^^Exactly, then you can give it a normal winter this next time around.
     
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    Bang on! It should be well acclimated come next winter.
     
  16. Les

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    Thank you guys, I will definitely do that!! :)
     

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