A few years ago I went absolute crazy buying small Japanese maples. I bought thousands of them! We planted them in beds, in rows, we planted them everywhere. Today I only have one bed left in the ground and it has some of the most amazing Japanese maples you can imagine. I knew that I had purchased ‘Purple Ghost’ but I thought I might have lost them all the winter it went down to 22 degrees below zero.
Not the case! This spring these things jumped out at me and pretty much stopped me in my tracks. What an amazing and beautiful Japanese maple!
You can see that I only have a few of these with other varieties on either side of them. I’ll dig them this fall or early next spring, but chances are they’ll never leave my nursery, I’ll just put them in one of the many plantings that we have around the nursery. Some things I just can’t bring myself to part with.
Acer palmatum, ‘Purple Ghost is hardy in zones 5 through 8. Mine are growing pretty much in full sun but they would appreciate a few hours of shade at some point in the day. Like all Japanese maples they do not like wet feet, do not plant them in a wet area, do not plant them too deep and do not fertilize them. I never fertilize the plants that I have in my landscaping. Never. I just don’t do it and they thrive.
All of that crap that they sell at the big box stores and the garden center shelves in bottles and bags, you just don’t need it. I don’t spray my plants, I don’t treat them with anything, acid loving plants get treated like everything else. Blueberries? They get treated like everything else and they thrive. Be careful of what you read online! Most of it is wrong!
Yeah, I know. You’re reading this online.
But it is written by a guy that does things, lots and lots of things, hundreds of thousands of plants later and 45 years of crawling around in the dirt I’ve learned a few things.
Propagating ‘Purple Ghost’ Japanese maple is not easy. Cuttings are unlikely to root, and even if they do the roots will probably never support the tree for very long. Japanese maples are grafted onto Japanese maple seedlings.
Grafting is by far the accepted method of producing them in the industry.
Where can you buy a ‘Purple Ghost Japanese Maple’?
Hmmmm. Good question. I know where you might be able to pick one up for $15.00 or less. But I can’t promise availability. After writing this article I’ll have people begging for them.
We have this member, several members actually, that offer some of the nicest, the most beautiful, and by far some of the most rare Japanese maples on the planet and they usually sell them for $20.00 or less. But this is a seasonal thing and they are usually offered in early in the year when they are dormant. Or late in the year. Usually between Thanksgiving and early April. Then it’s rare to find them unless you happen to live near on of our members that sells them. But these Rare Plants are Available in Our Members Area.
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