Plant Care Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple

4.7 out of 5 (7 experiences)

Japanese Maple has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Japanese Maple has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Palmate Maple and Smooth Japanese Maple

Taxonomy

Acer palmatum
Acer
Sapindaceae
Sapindales

How to care for Japanese Maple

Water

How often to water your Japanese Maple

Water needs for Japanese Maple
0.5 cups
every 9

Japanese Maple needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Japanese Maple

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Japanese Maple in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Japanese Maple: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Japanese Maple love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Japanese Maple does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Japanese Maple in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Japanese Maple

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Japanese Maple: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Japanese Maple after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Japanese Maple is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


Water Needs
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Toxicity
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Propagation

Care Summary for Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Japanese Maple has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Japanese Maple has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Japanese Maple has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Japanese Maple has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Japanese Maple has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 2
Japanese Maple has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Japanese Maple has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Japanese Maple has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Skelebum avatar
@Skelebum
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 222 XP
08/20/2021

Top tier plant, not very fussy, it’s been 4 years and she’s grown a lot! Recommend!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Maddie avatar
@Maddie
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 139 XP
globe Arlington, Texas
06/04/2021

A baby Japanese maple needs a lot more water than you think

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Jasive avatar
@Jasive
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 535 XP
globe Houston, Texas
06/02/2021

It’s beautiful.

Survivor Survivor

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