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Info on transplanting silver maple saplings
« on: November 09, 2017, 12:43:05 PM »
  Janene has 7 or 8 young silver maples she put in pots this spring. Now is time for transplanting , these are about 4 to5 feet tall. What do you put in the hole beside straight soil. compost ?  garden soil ? I just flat don't know.

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Re: Info on transplanting silver maple saplings
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2017, 01:55:49 PM »
hey agra

the web says they are pretty easy to transplant.  it recommends in the fall after the tree has lost it's leaves and goes dormant.  from what i read, you don't need to add any sort of fertilizer to the hole.  just make sure the spot you are transplanting them in to is wide enough to spread out the roots in all directions so you don't get rootbound.  they like moist, slightly acidic soil. 

here is some info from multiple sites regarding silver maple

-they grow fast so be sure to space them appropriately.

-the limbs are brittle and tend to break in harsh weather, so they are not recommended to plant near your home. this was info regarding keeping to 1 trunk
- If you have silver maple (Acer saccharinum), keep it far from the house and make sure to prune regularly so you have ONE UPRIGHT STEM. These trees are notorious for forking into multiple trunks which will tear apart in storms and cause much grief. Keep them with one single stem and remove branches that cause narrow V-shaped crotches and you'll be okay.

Hardy in zones 3-9, silver maple tree growth is about 2 feet or more per year. Their vase-shaped growth habit can top out at anywhere from 50 to 80 feet tall depending on location and can be 35 to 50 feet wide.

-the tree has wandering roots so don't plant them near sidewalks or too close to the house or it will break up your foundation/slab.

-they said the seeds are very viable, so be sure to get them up or they will root too. 

-Push the subsoil back into the hole around the roots. Check the tree several times while filling the hole to make sure it is vertically straight. Settle the subsoil with one-half to 1 gallon of water. Push the topsoil into the hole and firm it lightly by hand. Water the newly-planted maple generously with 1 to 2 gallons of water.

Mulch the maple tree root zone with shredded pine bark or wood chips. Spread it 2 to 3 inches deep over an area extending to at least 2 feet away from the trunk. Leave a few inches of space between the mulch and the trunk of the tree. Give the tree 2 gallons of water every morning for one month then 5 gallons of water twice each week for the next one to two years

-a couple of sites recommended staking off the trees until they can root down a bit.  they also recommended a cage around the trunk in case you have deer problems in your area. 

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Re: Info on transplanting silver maple saplings
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2017, 06:33:47 AM »
Thanks woodchip..................  I would have thought at least a little fertilizer. Will prob. get this doe this week.

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Re: Info on transplanting silver maple saplings
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2017, 12:10:01 PM »
hey agra

you would think, but nope.  from what i read, these trees were originally a very popular tree to plant in urban areas since they can grow pretty much anywhere in any sort of soil if need be.  that was until they started breaking apart and falling on houses.  then they crossed it with a red maple and got a tree that was less brittle but still fast growing.

the web says these things will grow in anything...that is why you have to get the seed pods up or you will have LOTS of transplants.  lol.

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