Well, they don't die. Obrigado pelo excelente Português!My buddy who grows trident maples in Sao Paulo - Capital told me his trees don't drop leaves either.
Wouldn't they die or weaken if they don't go into dormancy?
***Deve ser dificil criar Maples nesse inverno quente de Sampa = ) boa sorte mano!
Exactly. After losing most leaves, bang! new growth when the temps raised a bit...Here in Curitiba my kotohime dropped its leaves in the fall but we had a warmspell and it sprouted back again.. now we are getting -2C and it is leafed out... its not with active new growth but its there.. and I also wonder daily if I should remove those leaves.. most likely I will end up not touching it at all but I think about it every time I'm watering it lol
Merci, @AlainK It's colder this year but yes, usually 10 to 15C in Sao Paulo. But there are many people growing Maples around, some very nice. So I guess there is some degree of adaptability. Some are quite old and they don't look sick or weak. I have been keeping some for a couple of years and they did lose the leaves last year, I am concerned about the dormancy.It seems your temperatures rarely go below 13°C, right ? In which case, a Japanese maple may get weak after some years, these trees need a period of dormancy.
Yes, I guess you are right and we all should know that.Growing trees in a zone too far from the native zone is problematic
Thanks for the suggestion, I will not defoliate, I will just wait a little longer. ;-)Mimic the native conditions as best you can. Let them be a little dryer, less than drought, and the old leaves will be replaced/covered-and-die by new growth, whenever the growing conditions sponsor ~spring. Don't aggravate the situation, live with it.
All right then, if they can make it, that's fine.But there are many people growing Maples around, some very nice. So I guess there is some degree of adaptability. Some are quite old and they don't look sick or weak.
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