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How to stop leaf burn

Q: How can I prevent my Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) leaves from burning during the summer months?

A: Place your Japanese maple where it gets filtered light. Keep the soil evenly moist. Misting the leaves early morning or late evening can be very beneficial. Do not mist the foliage during the heat of the day - this may lead to leaf burn. Certain insecticides may also cause leaf burn so be sure to read the label. Give your maple an occasional watering of a teaspoon of vinegar to a gallon of water.


 


 

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