- Bloodgood Japanese Maple
- Brilliant Scarlet Red Unique to this Bloodgood
- Planting & Care
- Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple)
- Collecting and Selling Japanese Maple Seeds
- Buying and Reselling Japanese Maples
- Buying and Selling Rare Japanese Maples
- Selling $5.97 Japanese Red Maple Seedlings
- Grafting and Selling Japanese Maples
- Brokering Japanese Maples
- How-to: Planting and Caring for Japanese Maple Trees
- Japanese Maples need:
- Planting and Caring For Acers By Season
Bloodgood Japanese Maple
Brilliant Scarlet Red Unique to this Bloodgood
Why Bloodgood Japanese Maples?
A fresh, richly-hued focal point of any landscape, the Bloodgood Japanese Maple Tree is known for standing out with amazing color. Landscape designers love to use its vibrant silhouette because it pops well against grass, flower beds and more.
But what sets our Japanese Maple apart from the rest? For starters, its foliage stays scarlet for more than just a few weeks like many other varieties. Though the color occasionally fades in high heat, you still get months of amazing visual interest. And it’s a small tree that you can plant near your home, patio or tight places.
Trim the Bloodgood Japanese Maple to your desired height or let it grow to its full 15 feet. The roots are well-behaved; Japanese Maples are perfect for accenting corners or crevices near foundation walls. They also work great for small yards, entryways, accents or as property dividers.
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Best of all, Bloodgood Maples are versatile and will grow in partial shade or full sun. So, you don’t have to worry about tall shade trees nearby or shade from close structures.
And because we’ve planted, grown and nurtured our Bloodgood Japanese Maples for months ahead of shipping, you get a better experience…an experience you won’t find at other nurseries or big box stores.
Similar Bloodgood Japanese Maples sell for much more and are exceedingly rare. We offer your new Bloodgood at an extremely low price as a result of our large volume. But the volume won’t last – order yours today, while supplies last!
Planting & Care
1. Planting: Start by choosing a location with well-drained soil and full to partial sunlight (any area that receives 4 to 8 hours of sunlight per day). If you live in a hotter climate, give your tree some shade and protection from the harsh afternoon sun. When you’re ready to plant, dig a hole that’s slightly larger than the plant’s root ball and just as deep. Place your Bloodgood, backfill the soil, and water the planting site and then mulch to preserve soil moisture.
2. Watering: The average amount of water supplied to the most common lawn and garden plants should be adequate for your new Japanese Maple (watering about once or twice weekly). During the hot summer months, water your Japanese maple in early morning or evening.
3. Fertilizing: Japanese Maples do not require large amounts of nutrients. If your other lawn and garden plants do well, your maple should grow just fine. Any recommended fertilization should use a balanced complete fertilizer for shrubs and trees. This should be applied once a year in early spring, and if possible, be applied just before the leaves appear.
4. Pruning: Your tree will need 2 to 3 years to become firmly established in your lawn or garden. After this period, you may begin to prune your tree if desired, although it is not required.
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Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple)
Native to Japan, Korea and China, Acer palmatum is a species to which most Japanese Maples belong. It includes a rich variety of deciduous shrubs or small trees with graceful habits, elegantly cut leaves and extraordinarily colorful foliage, particularly in the fall when the leaves warm up to dazzling shades of golden-yellow, red-purple and bronze, before shedding to the ground.
- Easy to grow, Acer palmatum varieties are cold-hardy, remarkably adaptable to soil and climatic conditions, require little maintenance and are worthy of featured positions such as lawn specimens or near patios where their spectacular leaf color changes throughout the year can be admired.
- Acer palmatum varieties enjoy a rounded to broad-rounded habit, with a layered branching structure, and typically grow up to 10-25 ft. tall and wide (3-8 m). There are however countless dwarf Japanese Maple varieties which do not exceed 4-15 ft. (1.2-4.5 m).
- Some Japanese Maples have an upright form (Acer palmatum) while others enjoy a weeping habit (Acer palmatum dissectum) with strong cascading weeping branches. Since most Acer palmatum are slow growers, they are perfectly suited to small gardens or large containers.
- Small pretty (but not showy) reddish flowers appear in umbrella-shaped clusters in spring and give way to small winged fruit (samaras) which ripen in early fall before being scattered by the wind.
- The foliage of palmate leaves resembles an open hand with outstretched fingers, with 5, 7 or 9 pointed serrated lobes.
- Full sun or part shade lovers, Japanese Maples are easily grown in moist, organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Best leaf color in partial shade, although full sun can be tolerated. The green varieties of Japanese Maples take full sun very well, although they may slightly sunburn in particularly hot situations. Variegated cultivars prefer partial shade and need protection from the blistering afternoon sun. The red varieties need significant sunlight to color well while yellows require more shade.
- Japanese Maples are widely used as specimen plants in cottage gardens, city gardens, rock gardens, as companion plants in mixed borders, or planted in large containers.
- Japanese Maples need little pruning. If pruning is necessary, prune during the dormant season and avoid pruning in spring when the sap is running.
- Japanese Maples are easy to plant. They are shallow rooted and will readily transplant during the dormant season.
- May be affected by horse chestnut scale, aphids, verticillium wilt.
- Propagate by grafting or softwood cuttings.
The rich diversity of shapes, sizes, leaves and colors make Japanese Maples invaluable additions to the landscape, whether as specimen plants, complementing container plants, mixed with bedding or border plants, in shady courtyards or sunny patios.
By far, the Japanese maple is one of the most popular, most coveted, most sought after plant you can have in your nursery. There is a bit of an education process involved, both for you and I (the sellers), and the end consumer.
For the most part, many people think there is one kind of Japanese maple. Some are aware that there are upright Japanese maples as well as weeping Japanese maples, but very, very few realize that there are over 250 different kinds of Japanese maples.
And that’s where the education process comes in. It’s our job to make them aware. Once they are aware, they will immediately go into… “I must have one of those and one those and one of those”… mode.
Now let’s back up and think about the basics. Just so you don’t get overwhelmed thinking that you have to grow and sell 250 different kinds of Japanese maples. You don’t. Just starting out you’ll do fine with one variety, then you can add a second, a third and maybe the fourth and fifth. That’s plenty for now. But it’s really simpler than that.
Collecting and Selling Japanese Maple Seeds
You can collect and sell Japanese maple seeds if you want. One of our growers has a bunch of Japanese maple seeds for sale right now on the Buy/Sell Board inside the members’ area. Here’s a preview of his ad:
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More than likely, and I know you are going to tell me that there are none in your neighborhood, but more than likely there are some mature Japanese maples in your area that produce a great deal of seeds each year that simply go to waste.
Once you become consciously aware of what you are looking for, pretty soon you’ll spot large Japanese maples in a lot of different places. There’s a really strong chance that you will be able to get permission to collect seeds from one or more of these trees.
Getting permission is as simple as asking. If you tell the person who is to grant you permission that you are going to sell the seeds, their defenses will go up because all of sudden they’ll think they have something of value. And they do, to a degree, if they know how to get the value out of those seeds.
But often times if you tell them that you’d just like to grow some and offer them something in exchange for the seeds, you’ll be able to make a deal. $20.00. A small weeping variety, something of value that will make it worth their while to grant you permission to collect seeds from their tree.
Once you have fresh Japanese maple seeds you have a sellable product. People everywhere would love to try their hand at growing Japanese maples from seed, if they had the seeds, and instructions on how to do it. Instructions? I’ve written a detailed article on growing Japanese maple from seed here.
Another way to sell Japanese maple seeds is to stratify the seeds (see the above article) and sell them pre-stratified, ready to sow. You’ll get more for the seed if they are ready to germinate and the buyers will be happy because they can plant them right away and not have to wait 90 days.
You can get really good at growing Japanese maples from seed and sell small seedlings. Depending on your climate, and growing conditions, from seed you can get Japanese maples as tall as 12″ in one season. That’s a nice size to sell. Anything under 6″ I, as a buyer, would not want you to sell me.
I want something a lot more sturdy than that. I buy thousands of Japanese Red Maple seedlings and I really like the 12″ to 18″ size because they are strong enough I can just plant they out in a bed and they do fine winter and summer.
Buying and Reselling Japanese Maples
You can buy Japanese Red Maple seedlings and resell them. Many of our Backyard Growers buy them and pot them up and sell them at their plant sales for $5.97. They are a powerful item to include in your plant sale advertisements because they attract customers like a magnet at only $5.97.
You can buy them for right around $1.50 each from one of the wholesale nurseries I recommend to our growers. The only problem is, they require a minimum order of around $750.
However, inside The Backyard Growers Business Center, members sell Japanese maple seedlings all the time for $2.25-$2.75 each. And, their minimum orders are usually no more than 10 plants (or $22.50-$27.50 plus shipping).
So, if you can swing the $750 minimum from the wholesale nursery, you can buy the Japanese Red Maple seedlings in large quantity and resell them immediately to other backyard growers on our Buy/Sell Board. I see a lot of them sold that way in the members’ area.
Our backyard growers are happy to get them there because when they buy on the Buy/Sell Board they can buy in smaller quantities.
Buying and Selling Rare Japanese Maples
You can buy really rare varieties of Japanese maples and resell them. I’ve bought a lot of the rare varieties in the past. Thousands and thousands of dollars worth. I grew them on for a few years and then I sold them. As soon as people find out I have them, they want to buy.
I could easily get $150.00 to $300 for many of the ones that I have since I’ve grown them on for a few years. As they mature, I keep them nice and trimmed, and over the course of just a few years they increase in value.
I can buy (and now you can too) really rare Japanese maples for as little as $8.00 each. Rarely do I ever pay more than $18.00 for the ones that I buy. The general public would love to be able to get their hands on these trees and would be delighted to buy them for $50.00 or so. They’d go crazy over the chance to do that!
And that’s just one of the holes in the market that you can fill.
Selling $5.97 Japanese Red Maple Seedlings
Another hole in the market are the Japanese Red Maple seedlings for $5.97 each. There are never enough of those to go around. Many of us buy them and advertise them along with the rest of our plants at $5.97 each, but it’s usually those $5.97 Japanese Red Maples that sell out first.
And if you are going to do that, it’s always a good idea to have larger, more expensive Japanese maples on hand as well, because people come to your plant sale looking for the $5.97 Japanese Red Maples, but they often fall in love with one of the larger, more expensive Japanese maples that you have on hand. Usually they end up buying two or three of the little ones and at least one of the larger ones.
Japanese Red Maple seedlings are a great plant to grow onto a larger size because they cost you so little upfront, usually only $1.50, and if you grow them on to a larger size they will quickly and easily fetch $50.00 to $90.00. Just four years in good soil and you can have a really nice 44″ tree with deep red leaves in the spring. Hot! Hot! Hot Sellers!!!
Grafting and Selling Japanese Maples
You can also learn how to graft Japanese maples and sell them as bench grafts or larger plants for more money. We have a member in Tennessee that has gotten really good at grafting Japanese maples and she usually has several thousand available on the Buy/Sell Board throughout the year.
You can buy and sell grafted Japanese maples. We have several members that have done this in the past and sold them on the Buy/Sell Board. In years past, I’ve bought $3,000 worth of grafted Japanese maples from one of our members on the Buy/Sell Board.
I’ve also purchased at least $5,000 worth of grafted plants from other wholesale nurseries over the years too. You have to ask yourself… Mike McGroarty has been in this business his whole life, would he be investing that kind of money in Japanese maples if he didn’t believe in how strong the market is for them?
Brokering Japanese Maples
Buying and selling (brokering) grafted Japanese maples is a fun business because there’s no shortage of people who want what you are selling. Finding wholesale suppliers for grafted Japanese maples isn’t always easy, they often sell out quickly.
I’m going to give you a little hint. There are a lot of growers in Oregon who specialize in Japanese maples of all kinds. You can get a directory of all the wholesale growers in Oregon for just a few dollars.
You can either get their association directory, but better yet would be a list of all the licensed growers in the state. Not everybody belongs to the association, but they are all licensed by the state. The list of licensed growers is public record.
Get the list, pick up the phone and just start calling. But when they tell you they don’t sell small grafted (bench grafts is what they are called) Japanese maples, ask them if they know anybody that does. Eventually you’ll turn up some sources that the rest of us don’t even know about.
Here’s another secret. Let’s say that there is a large wholesale grower who specializes in grafted Japanese maples in anywhere, America. I promise you, surrounding that large wholesale grower there are at least a few smaller growers who also sell grafted Japanese maples.
How do I know that? Because, over the years a lot of people have worked in that big nursery and they learned how to graft Japanese maples. They also saw first hand how many of those grafted maples the big nursery could sell, and how much they sold them for. And they say to themselves, “I could do that.” And they do.
After all, that’s how I got into this business. I started out as a 16-year-old kid pulling weeds in a large wholesale nursery. Here I am decades later with a nursery and a large online presence because of what I learned working in that nursery.
I can assure you, there are small growers out there that sell grafted Japanese maples but you won’t find them online and you won’t find them at trade shows and you won’t find them advertising in trade magazines. For the most part they probably sell to just a handful of customers. But when the economy took a dive in 2008, many of these long time wholesale buyers started buying less.
That’s a good thing for you and I. We get to buy up the deals and with good marketing we can sell them. Most wholesale growers have never had to learn anything about marketing because up until now, the customers have found them. And that’s where you and I have an advantage.
Not to brag, but I’ve been a student of some of the best marketers in the world since 1985. I know how to market, offline as well as online. And I constantly share that information on the Backyard Growers Board.
So how do you go about finding retail customers for your Japanese maples? Newspaper ads, Craigslist ads, Ebay, Etsy, Facebook and other social networking sites.
Okay, I’ve given you six different ways here to make money with Japanese maples. Now get to work!
How-to: Planting and Caring for Japanese Maple Trees
Few plants can equal the beauty and command of a Japanese Maple in the autumn landscape. As a solitary specimen it is breathtaking, its fall foliage remaining for weeks, then falling into a brilliant pool of crimson, orange, or gold on the garden floor. As an accent in the border, it draws the eye to its blazing canopy of color, enlivening an area that might otherwise be dull in autumn. And in a large planting along a walk, driveway, or slope, it creates a ribbon of color brighter and more attractive than the most beautiful lights.
Many varieties of Japanese Maple are dwarf enough to be grown in containers and even as bonsai. These offer a moveable display of color on a miniature scale, their exquisitely divided foliage available for close inspection. Inherently an elegant tree, in the modern garden Japanese Maple may find themselves among shade-loving perennials or even cheery annuals — and why not? They are superb season-extenders for all summer-interest plantings, and offer much-needed dappled shade to understory plantings three seasons of the year.
Below is a brief overview of the ideal conditions for growing Japanese Maple, followed by some detailed recommendations.
Japanese Maples need:
- Dappled or afternoon shade, especially when young
- Protection from strong wind
- Well-drained, consistently moist soil, neither excessively wet nor dry
- Protection from late spring frosts, especially when young
Dappled or Afternoon Shade – A mature Japanese Maple thrives in full sun everywhere but the southernmost portions of its hardiness range, but is also happy with a bit more shade. It does need some sun for best foliage color, but the amount you give it can vary greatly. If you notice its leaves scorching during the summer, it’s probably overexposed to sun. If the fall foliage isn’t nearly as dramatic as expected, it may be getting too much shade. (But this could also be an indication of overwatering in late summer and early fall, which will cause the tree to keep producing new green leaves in autumn instead of changing colors as it should.)
If after a year or two your Japanese Maple does not seem to ideally situated in your garden, don’t be afraid to dig up it up and move it. Location is one of the most important factors in growing this tree successfully, so a bit of trial-and-error may be in order. The best time to move the tree is in late summer or early fall, at least a month before the ground freezes. Your Japanese Maple will be very forgiving — but cut a very wide and deep hole around it and leave as much soil clinging to its roots as you can when you dig it up!
Protection from Strong Wind – The foliage of Japanese Maples is quite fragile, drying out quickly in high winds. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to grow the tree in totally enclosed or protected areas. Just make sure it isn’t being whipped around by wind on a regular basis, and it will be fine.
Well-drained, Consistently Moist Soil – Japanese Maple flourish in any well-drained soil except highly alkaline soil. Many gardeners grow them in acidic conditions, where they pair beautifully with Rhododendrons, Camellias, and Kalmias. But they are also perfectly content in neutral and even mildly alkaline pH.
The only other soil concern is salt. Japanese Maple tolerate heavy clays, loose sands, and everything in between, but they do not like salt soils. (Salt spray is another matter; they have quite a good tolerance for that!) If your soil is high in salt, consider growing your Maple in a container.
Japanese Maple are greedy feeders, especially when young. Before planting, work as much compost as you like into the soil around the tree, and keep adding it during spring and early summer. Composted matter not only adds valuable nutrients to the soil, it tends to retain moisture, which Japanese Maple love.
These trees are quite drought-tolerant when mature, but like most young trees, they need regular deep waterings during the first few years. Plan to water heavily twice a week during normal weather and three or even four times weekly in periods of drought. Whether your tree is young or mature, it will grow best in soil kept consistently moist by regular watering and mulching. A 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the entire root zone of the tree (but not touching the trunk) works well in all seasons.
To encourage the most spectacular color show in fall, reduce the amount of water you give your Maple in late summer and early autumn. Of course, do not let it dry out completely, but cut back so that it stops producing more green leaves and begins its fabulous color changes. You will be amazed at the difference this makes!
Protection from Late Spring Frosts – Spring is the season when your Japanese Maple is most prone to damage. It leafs out early — the first hint of warm weather will cause it to break dormancy. In many climates, there are several frosts in store after that initial warm period, and these can be dangerous, especially to young trees. Keep the tree covered when the forecast calls for frost.
Planting and Caring For Acers By Season
Autumn is the best time to plant a Japanese Maple. Ideally, you should plant at least a month before the ground freezes, so it has time for some root growth before winter. But if you find yourself planting late, don’t worry. Your tree will wait patiently until spring to begin settling into its new home!
After planting, lay down 3 inches of mulch around the tree and keep it well watered until winter.
Unfortunately, late summer and early autumn is the best time to prune your Japanese Maple. It seems unfair to cut it back just as it’s coming into its season of glory, but this is really the best time of year to prune. And as you might expect from its widespread use in bonsai, this tree responds very well to pruning, though it certainly doesn’t need an annual trim.
We recommend that you inspect the tree annually and remove any dead or crossed branches, lopsided growth, and other unattractive features. If your Japanese Maple is quite dense, you might want to open it up a bit from the center to let more light and air in. And if you like, it can easily be shaped into just about any form that suits your garden. Many gardeners prune Japanese Maple quite heavily when young, to remove multiple stems and create a single-trunk tree.
Unless your weather turns exceptionally dry, reduce the amount of water you give the tree in autumn. This will stimulate better color changes.
And as autumn comes to a close, be sure your Japanese Maple has a nice thick layer of mulch, and pluck off any dead leaves still clinging to its branches.
Winter is a carefree season for Japanese Maple grown within their hardiness range and mulched in late fall. The only concern is heavy snow loads, which might cause some branches to snap. After a particularly heavy snowfall, brush away any large accumulation of snow, being careful not to treat the branches too roughly. Ice, on the other hand, should be left in place. It freezes onto the branches and is best left alone.
Spring is the most vulnerable time for your Japanese Maple. As discussed above, the tree will leaf out early — often spectacularly! — and then suffer in late frosts. Keep it covered whenever frost threatens. As soon as the weather settles down, begin a regular watering and feeding schedule.
Summer is the only time you may ever notice pests on your tree, and most of them are completely harmless. If aphids become a problem, treat them with the same pesticide used for Roses, and they will vanish.
During very hot weather you may notice the ends of the leaves drying out and curling. This is unsightly and may indicate that your tree needs more shade, but unless it occurs over a long period every year, it won’t be fatal. Stressed-out Japanese Maple have been known to drop every leaf from their branches and still recover beautifully — usually re-leafing during the same season!
As summer draws to a close, reduce the amount of water you give your Japanese Maple. This will stimulate those magnificent color changes more quickly and intensely.