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Growing Together, Issue #98
February 27, 2015

Weeping Japanese Maple Great Focal Point

Welcome to Growing Together first addition with our new name, Gardening With Herbee. We hope you all got our special addition, to let you know about the name change. We would like to welcome once more all of you returning with us at the end of February. Of course, welcome to our new members as well.

This month Herbee and I would like to share some insights on the, Weeping Japanese Maple.

Queen Japanese Maple Garnet Japanese Maple

The weeping Japanese maple is a slow growing ornamental tree. This eloquent tree grows well in zones 4-9 in the United States. For those of you that live in a geographic location where this maple variety grows, you know it can be a great addition to your gardens or landscape.

There are two colored leaves that grow on these trees. There is red or green foliage. This maple family member does best in partial sun. You can grow it in full sun, but be careful of leaf burn that can happen during the warmer months. The other cause of leaf burn is not enough water. The weeping variety likes well drained soil, but will survive in most soil conditions.

The highlight of this specimen is its lace like leaves. They are delicate and represent a great focal point around a foundation, or defined garden area. Once mature, they have an umbrella appearance. Herbee and I have used the weeping variety in new constructions. If you are looking at planting the weeping specimen, give it room on all sides to mature. Most of the these trees range in growth from 9 to 12 feet tall, and can spread up to nine feet. As mentioned above, they are slow growers. We have also found they are a little more expensive then the regular big shade tree maples.

The red lace like leaves are very popular here in the southeastern US. The weeping variety originated in Asia years ago. They are also native in Korea and China. The Ever Red and Crimson Queen, are two favorites of the red variety. The red leaves appear in spring, and will stay on the tree until the first frost in the fall. The neat aspect of the green leaf weeping maple, is its leave emerge as green in the spring throughout the summer months. When the cooler weather sets in, the green variety leaves turn red before falling off. The Garnet is a very popular green variety.

Herbee and I describe this family member, as a winning tree for your outdoor investment.

Tip For The Month

After eight years of the Growing Together newsletter, sometimes Herbee and I feel you could give us tips on different aspects of gardening. It is a good idea to check and research different fertilizer and potting soil. We have found that some companies are adding a lot more chemicals to fertilizers. Also, the potting soil has more bark in the bags. We recommend a light weight potting soil with some vermiculite in it. If looking for fertilizers today, try and go more organic. The more organic you go, the healthier it is for your gardens and lawns.

Thought For The Month

As Herbee and I write this newsletter, we are getting anxious to get out in the garden. We have begun planning what will be in our vegetable garden this year. We will be starting our indoor herbs next week. Our weather here in the south, has been cold with some snow and ice the last couple of weeks. For those of you in colder climates, we know your winter has been one of bitter cold and large amounts of snow. You can still start to plan out your new gardens, what else to plant in existing ones, and think about composting and self sustaining gardens.

For all of you in the southern hemisphere, start planning now for your cooler plants to put in the gardens. For year around gardeners out there, take the time to water and maintain your investment.

Herbee and I would like to thank you for joining us this month. We hope you have a great March, and we will meet again at the end of next month. Stay healthy, warm, (or cool if you are in the summer months). Herbee and Kimberly
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