NOTE: The terms ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple and Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’ are identical in this text; in reality, Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’ is ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple’s biological word.
The ‘Bloodgood’ variety of Japanese maple is an ideal tree for smaller yards. Most people use them as specimen trees, although they are also used in bonsai. During the spring season, the red in their foliage is often at its best. In the summer, the color becomes burgundy or even darker. The foliage is more attractive for a full three seasons of the year when it becomes showier in autumn.
Why does my Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’ roots have rot?
If left untreated, root rot on your ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’) can be fatal. For this reason, if the symptoms appear, we highly advise that you adhere to our recommendations to keep your plant alive: Blackened and softened roots.
Why does my ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple have gray mold spots?
Gray mold spots are a specific fungus that regularly harms flowers and spreads swiftly. If you notice any brown (or gray) spots, this fungus is probably to cause. You risk your plant dying if you ignore these warning indications.
The solution is quite logical when you know the cause of the problem. Most of the time, it is due to overwater of the Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’. We advise you to remove the infected parts of the plant, cut off the infected roots and leaves, then repot your plant using sterile potting soil and a clean pot.
Why does my ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple have leaf spots?
This type of disease is one of the most frustrating for ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple owners, we give you all the leads to spot and save your plants that present symptoms such as leaves that suddenly change color, or wilt/droop.
Why are my ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple leaves turning yellow?
This is probably the most common problem in the gardening world, yellowing leaves. There are 2 main reasons for this phenomenon, overwatering, or a lack of nutrients.
Whether you think your plants are getting too much water, cut back on how often you water them, and take the following measures to see if they might be nutritionally deficient:
Each deficiency produces a different yellowing on the Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’ in question, here’s how to spot them:
- Magnesium deficiency starts as yellow patches between leaf veins on older leaves. Veins stay green as yellow moves from the leaf center out. Leaf edges turn yellow last.
- Yellowing between leaf veins is another sign of iron shortage, but young leaves on plant tops and branch tips are initially affected.
- Sulfur shortage first affects the youngest leaves, turning them entirely yellow.
- Potassium deficiency shows itself when leaf edges turn bright yellow, but the inner leaf stays green. Older leaves show symptoms first, and leaf edges soon turn brown.
- Nitrogen deficiency shows up as a general yellowing. Older, inner leaves turn yellow first. As it progresses, yellowing moves outward, eventually reaching young leaves, too.
According to the symptoms mentioned above, you just have to act accordingly. You can reduce your watering frequency, or fix a deficiency in Potassium, or Nitrogen, for that, you just have to buy a special soil for your deficiency, a consultant in a gardening store will know perfectly well how to inform you.
Is my ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple sunburned?
You can easily tell if your ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple (your Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’) has a sunburn. In this case, your plant will change color, starting to turn yellow or white, much like it does on us.
As we saw above, if your ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple receives too much water or not enough light, the leaves may also change color.
However, there is a way to tell if it is sunburn; look at the bottom of the yellow leaves, the ones that have a shaded area closer to the root, if this area stays greener, it is probably sunburned, not something else.
Why are my ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple leaves turning brown?
Most of the time, leaves of a ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple that turn brown is a sign that your plant has been sunburned, it has probably been exposed to too much direct sunlight. Don’t panic, your plant probably won’t die from this, but its growth will take a hit.
Should I leave my Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’ in direct sunlight?
No! Don’t leave your Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’ (or ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple) in the sun if it displays the symptoms mentioned above; that’s why it’s in such a bad situation.
As stated in the paragraph above, the cure is straightforward: simply position your plant’s ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple so that it is out of direct sunlight. With proper watering and this method, your plant should quickly come back to life.
Why are my Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’ leaves drooping or wilting ?
This typically occurs when your Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’ gets dehydrated. Large plants are more at risk since they naturally require more water than smaller plants.
An easy way to know if your Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’ is lacking water is to under-weigh its pot, if it looks light, it means that the soil and the roots are probably quite dry, and therefore need water!
If the soil in your plant’s pot is completely dry, you will need to start by moistening it so that the roots will also benefit from the water. A common mistake is to drown the ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple right after a dry period thinking that it needs a lot of water.
This is the case, but giving too much water at once is the best way to finish it off, you should actually water the soil normally, resuming a quiet watering rhythm.
Caring Tips for Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’
Your plant needs water to survive, but it’s crucial to balance the amount and timing of watering. As we previously mentioned, overwatering could be catastrophic for your Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’.
The best way to know if your plant needs water or not is to touch the soil, if you feel it is still wet, it is probably a good idea to wait a few more days.
Always keep temperatures stable
Maintaining a consistent temperature for your Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’ is also a good idea, especially if it is kept indoors. At GreenShack, we typically advise reserving a temperature between 65 and 85 degrees F. Of course, avoid positioning your Acer palmatum’Bloodgood’ close to air conditioners, radiators, or other sources of hot or cold air.
Keep your ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple Dust-Free
This one concerns indoor plants, just like on your furniture, dust is also deposited on the leaves of your indoor plants, the problem is that it can prevent them from receiving the necessary light, this would slow down (or even stop) the photosynthesis process, and eventually, they would lose their colors.
For your ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple, this would be a true descent into hell, and it would also appease the pests.
Take a microfiber cloth and gently massage the plant’s leaves to get rid of the dust. Use a damp cloth to make dust removal easier, but avoid using corrosive materials like rubbing alcohol!
Keep drainage in mind
If you have a tendency to overwater, you should be mindful of your drainage, and if they don’t already have them, we suggest selecting a saucer and a pot with drainage holes.
If your pots don’t already have holes in them, you can add volcanic rocks (or any other pebbles with holes) to the bottom of your pot in the meantime. This will assist in creating a channel and keep the water from pooling there for an extended period of time, protecting the roots from decay.