Monday, September 19, 2005

Japanese maples sources

The picture is of a barely discernible "Butterfly" japanese maple (jm). This is one of the most easily recognizable jms with bluish-green leaves with a tracing of white on the leaf edges. It's a bad photo taken in the morning direct light with me ducking under the lath shade which keep the small maples from leaf burn. I bought about 15 little grafted jms from Worldplants and stuck them in my now defunct vegetable garden nursery. I've given up trying to grow vegetables with ground hog, deer and rabbit predation but as you can see the numerous cilantro seeds have sprouted around the jms despite my lack of care.

If you're interested in collecting japanese maples cheaply, Worldplants is probably the best nursery to buy them from. The 1 year grafted maples are very reasonable and they pack the plants very well for USPS priority shipping. I haven't lost a single plant from them even shipping the plants from Oregon to New Jersey. During their busy season in Spring you may have to wait a few weeks for them to ship but it's well worth the wait. Here's their website:

A good site to look at all the different cultivars of Japanese maples is Mountain Maples. Click on Cultivars A-Z. Here's their website:,46,19_5/photo_gallerysearch.html
Their prices are a bit out of my range but their trees are bigger and I've heard good things about them.

If you're on the East coast J. Herter, North Carolina and Wildwood maples, Virginia are two sources. I've ordered from J. Herter and have had no problems with them and they ship very quickly by USPS priority mail. Herter also sells extensively on Ebay so you may be able to get a bargain. Again Wildwood is a little out of my price range as I want to collect many different cultivars. Here are their websites: J. Herter"

I haven't tried Eastwoods Nursery but it seems like an interesting site.

If you really get interested in the different cultivars, the bible of Japanese Maples is a book by J. D. Vetrees. I have the second edition which I had to buy used from Alibris books since it's out of print but some say is better than the third edition. Either one is a must if you are seriously contemplating collecting these interesting trees. Amazon has the third edition for about $35.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pest control in the perennial garden
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One of the many advantages of growing perennials is the ability of these beautiful flowers to return to full bloom season after season. While this ability to bloom repeatedly is one of the things that makes perennials so special, it also introduces a number of important factors into your gardening plan. One of the most important of these is a proper pest control regimen.

While a garden full of annuals starts each season as a blank slate, the perennial garden is essentially a work in progress. The fact that the plants stay in the ground through winter makes things like proper pruning, disease management and pest control very important. If the garden bed is not prepared properly after the current growing season, chances are the quality of the blooms will suffer when the next season rolls around.

One of the most important factors to a successful perennial pest control regimen is the attention and vigilance of the gardener. As the gardener, you are in the best position to notice any changes in the garden, such as spots on the leaves, holes in the leaves, or damage to the stems. Any one of these could indicate a problem such as pest infestation or a disease outbreak.

It is important to nip any such problem in the bud, since a disease outbreak or pest infestation can easily spread to take over an entire garden. Fortunately for the gardener, there are a number of effective methods for controlling both common pests and frequently seen plant diseases.

Some of these methods are chemical in nature, such as insecticides and fungicides, while others are more natural, like using beneficial insects to control harmful ones. While both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages, many gardeners prefer to try the natural approach first, both for the health of the garden and the environment.

There is an additional benefit of the natural approach that many gardeners are unaware of. These days, it is very popular to combine a koi pond with a garden, for a soothing, relaxing environment. If you do plan to incorporate some type of fish pond into your garden landscape, it is critical to avoid using any type of insecticide or fungicide near the pond, since it could seep into the water and poison the fish. Fish are extremely sensitive to chemicals in the environment, especially with a closed environment like a pond.

As with any health issue, for people or plants, prevention is the best strategy to disease control and pest control alike. The best defense for the gardener is to grow a garden full of the healthiest, most vigorous plants possible. Whenever possible, varieties of plants bred to be disease or pest resistant should be used. There are a number of perennials that, through selective breeding, are quite resistant to the most common plant diseases, so it is a good idea to seek them out.

Happy gardening,

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