Hi, New to the forum...Thought that I would reach out for some help...

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  1. Dork Fish

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    Orange dream
     

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    This is the one that has some discoloring on its leaves. ..

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    I felt sorry for these today. It was a Home Depot purchase. They were only $12.50 each. They told me to save the tags and receipt. If they don't make, I cab get my money back...

    They are in pretty rough shape. The bark looks terrible. ..
     

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    The way you've staked the trees looks great, good job! :) I've rescued a few clearance rack rejects - some make it, some don't, lol. Good luck with yours!
     
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    Thank you! keeping fingers crossed...

    Any suggestions on the Lima gold? I did spray it with the Phyton 27.
     
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    Is it too late in the year to repot?
     
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    emery Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Not too late for me, there are another 2-4 weeks of repotting left. The issue is interfering with summer growth, so I prefer to repot in July, but I am still doing some that I didn't get around to earlier. Also waiting for a perlite delivery tomorrow.

    I'll be interested what other folks say about late repotting.
     
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    I rate September as one of the best months for repotting. At least it is in the UK climate.
     
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    Thanks! I have a few that I want to redo. So I am going to try to get this done on Wednesday
     
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    October here is the best time, I feel it's better to do it after or just before leaf fall.

    There's a French saying that everyone knows here : "A la Sainte Catherine, tout bois prend racine". That's because on November 25th the trees are bare but the soil is not frozen yet, so the roots can establish themselves and all the little things in the ground that are beneficial to the roots are still active.

    But even for garden trees I find it a bit late, so for potted trees much earlier should be better, especially in Illinois where I believe winters can be harsh (and windy, from what I've read - Chicago, "the windy city"?).

    In any case, a tree that has been repotted should be protected from several days of frost in a row: when planted in the ground, the roots of a tree are frost-free most of the time, but in a pot, it can become an ice lump in a few days, and in the spring, the tree is kaput, dead, mortibus...
     
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    Ahhh, I see. got it!

    Yes, it is very windy. its very annoying. The tips of my leaves always seem to be brown... :(

    I do intend to keep all of my trees in an unheated garage this winter. Should I do anything special for additional protection?


    Also, I purchased a bunch of terra cotta pots from Lowes...just wondering how these would do for my JM's? pictures attached (1 gallon nursery pot for size comparison) They are "supposed" to be frost free
     

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    @Dork Fish .....Newbie question about your new pots, are terracotta pots ok to use with Maple trees? just asking as I read
    that they are very porous and therefore they dry out very quickly, guess it wont be a problem in the winter months.
     
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    Well I thought so, maybe I need to research this some more. Anyone else know this question?
     
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    From the photos they look like they are glazed on the outside. I think that would keep them from losing moisture from the outside.
     
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    Yes, they are. That is what I was thinking too.
     
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    AlainK Well-Known Member Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    A lot of mine are in such pots. I think the problem can actually be the opposite: when there's only one drainage hole and it's rather small (which I think is the case here), one must pay attention that it is not blocked by a stone, or the roots when the tree grows otherwise it retains too much water at the bottom. You can drill other holes, in which case, put the pot on a layer of sand to absorb the vibrations because the pot can break. It's a bit risky.

    Otherwise, I put plastic mesh held by copper wire (like for bonsai pots), and add a layer of baked clay balls. Easier ;°) and when it rains a lot, I put some pieces of wood, or brick, under the sides of the pot so the water doesn't stay too long in the pot.
     
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    Hi again!!!! I just wanted give an update on my JM's. Some of them are doing great, some are okay and three? of them (leaves shriveled up and the leaves fell off). Not sure if this were too dry? I started re-potting the bigger ones yesterday. I did mix in a TBS of Dr Earth fertilizer. I hope this doesn't become a problem down the road. I would any suggestions that you may have...
     
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    Here are the ones that I have repotted so far...
    I decided to drill some more holes in the bottom of the pots.

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    After this picture was taken, I decided the stake the longest branch all of the way up to the top of the stick...

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