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Books - Variegated Plants in Color Complete Set (Vol. 1, 2, & 3 )

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Complete Set

Variegated Plants in Color Volume 1, 2, and 3
by Dr. Masato Yokoi and Yoshimichi Hirose

Buy Variegated Plants in Color Book by Yoshimichi Hirose and Dr. Masato Yoki at . We purchased these rare variegated plant books during our most recent trip to Japan to make them available here in the United States. Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 can be purchased as a complete set. Buy these rare Japanese out-of- print variegated plant books for yourself or your gardening friends.

Who doesn't love variegated plants? These rare plant books are full of color photographs of rare variegated plants in Japan and the United States. Each photo typically has the latin name of the plant, and a brief description or a sentence about the plants unique character in both English and Japanese. This can be seen in the second photograph, where we took a photo of a page that has variegated maples on it. These books also include Japanese words and their meanings as well as illustrations describing the different patterns of variegation that can be found in plants.

Volume One is mainly in this photo and brief description format but focuses on finding and acquiring variegated plants and their propagation. It has an in depth look at the health of variegated plants by the experienced authors. Here are the chapters:

Chapter 1 - The World of Variegated Plants

Chapter 2 - How to Discover and Acquire Variegated Plants

Chapter 3 - Cultivation and Propagation of Variegated Plants

Chapter 4 - Using and Appreciating Variegation Plants

Volume Two is about 2/3 in the format of photos with brief descriptions, but also has small write-ups by these famous plantsmen:

The Achievements of Lovers of Variegated Plants, and Their Duties by Yoshimichi Hirose

Koten Engei by Barry Yinger

A New Handicraft: Using Dried Variegated Plants to Make Lovely Wreaths by Mutsuko Saikai

Making Beautiful Pictures Framed with Dried Variegated Leaves by Fujiko Shitakamori

The Variegated Maples in Japan by Hisao Nakajima

The Appeal of Karatachibana by Yoshikazuk Takahashi

The History and Appeal of Yabukouji as Expressed in Literature by Mitsuru Taniguchi

Haran and Aoki by Houichi Aoki

My Encounter with Sekkoku by Toshirou Shimizu

Variegation in Heuchera and its Allies by Dan Heims

Variegated Hostas in America by Robert C. Olson

A Hosta Display Garden in Japan by Kenji Watanabe

My Experiences Discovering Variegated Hosta rectifolia in the Wild by Kimio Muroya

Propagation of Hosta in Tissue Culture by Clarence Falstad

The Value of Coloured Foliage in Ivy by Ronald Whitehouse
Variegated Plants: The Grief and Good Fortune that Derive from Their Beauty by Norio Ookura

Variegated Plants in the Tosa District, Japan by Shigetaka Yamaoka

Volume Three is mostly the format of photos with brief descriptions and also includes these short articles:

Importance of Prompt Naming of New Variegated Plants by Yoshimichi Hirose

The Meeting of old Friends by Ronald Houtman

The numerous porcelain arts by the them of Ivies collected by Stephen Taffler by Yoshimichi Hirose

The Variegated Succulents by Hiroshi Kobayashi

The Variegated Tropical Plants by Kunzou Nishihata

The Attraction of Kan-non-chiku

Enjoyment of the Cultivation of Variegated Hostas by Hiroshi Abe

Variegated Cultivars of Cactus by Tsutomu Satou

Variegated Vegetables in the Spotlight by Yoshimichi Hirose

Variegated Weeds by Yoshimichi Hirose

Don't wait too long to purchase these books as they are in limited supply. I don't expect for these books to last long.

These volumes of books contain not only maples, but nearly any plant you can think of.. And a variegated form. For the plant-a-holic, like ourselves, these books serve as a great way of knowing what plants are out there and what to be looking and asking for. For others these books are very entertaining and you can spend hours upon hours simply looking through all the color photographs and reading about each plant. There are

These books are slam packed with variegated plants and are fairly thick books:

Volume 1 : 296 pages
Volume 2: 343 pages
Volume 3: 280 pages

These books are by the Japanese publishing company Varie Nine Ltd are completely out of print. Dr. Yokoi, recently passed away. We purchased our copies from Yoshimichi Hirose. This is a complete set of Volumes 1, 2, and 3 of Variegated Plants In Color . Volumes 1 and 2 are by both Dr. Masato Yokoi and Yoshimichi Hirose. Volume 3 is by Yoshimichi Hirose only.

We were able to purchase a small amount of limited copies on our trip to Japan in October. As of right now they will only be available as a complete set.

These books are excellent gifts for gardeners for Christmas, birthdays, or any occasion.

Buy Variegated Plants in Color Book by Yoshimichi Hirose and Dr. Masato Yoki at . We purchased these rare variegated plant books during our most recent trip to Japan to make them available here in the United States. Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 can be purchased as a complete set. Buy these rare Japanese out-of- print variegated plant books for yourself or your gardening friends.

We only ship Japanese maples within the continental United States of America.

When you buy a Japanese maple from, due to the high volume during the COVID-19 situation, your order of Japanese maple trees will be shipped out within 2 weeks. We greatly appreciate your understanding during these times.

We have custom boxes that extra thick and allow for the safest shipment of your Japanese maples. Our new custom boxes allow us to ship your Japanese maple trees in their container, making the smoothest transition from our nursery to your garden. These boxes can fit two Japanese maples easily inside each box. You will simply need a pair of scissors to cut the tape around the box and pull your Japanese maple out.

Location is something that should be considered. Nearly all Japanese maples can handle growing in the shade or getting morning sun and afternoon shade. For planting trees in the sun it is important to make sure you are getting a selection that can handle full sun in your area. We have plenty of Japanese maples that grow and do well in full sun in Zone 8. When you get to zone 9, many of the Japanese maples should be planted with protection from the hot afternoon sun. There are a few maples we carry that can handle full sun in zone 9.

One of the most important things to remember is that Japanese maples do not like wet feet. This means that heavily boggy areas will need raised beds that allow drainage for the Japanese maple roots. This can simply be done by raising the area where you will be planting the Japanese maple with more soil.

The hole should be dug 1.5 times bigger than than container the Japanese maple is in. This extra size is primarily to losen the soil for the roots of your Japanese maple which will allow for it to get established quicker. Take the Japanese maple out of the container and place it in the hole. The main thing to remember when planting a Japanese maple is that it should be planted level with where the soil level was in the container. This is important as Japanese maples planted too deeply do not perform well in the landscape. This means that you will have to put part of the soil that you already dug back into the hole before planting.

People often ask where or not they should condition their soil for the Japanese maple. For the most part, you shouldn't. Japanese maples can do well in both sandy soils and clay soils. When you ammend the soil they have to get established in your ammendments and then get established in the exterior soil.

Japanese maples have a non-invasive root system that makes them ideal for container growing and bonsai culture. This will allow you to bring the ornamental appeal of Japanese maple to your deck, patio, poolside, and driveway expanding your garden. The concept of how big a Japanese maple will get in a container is similar to that of how big a goldfish will get inside a bowl. A Japanese maple will grow the size container it is put in. A small container will dwarf the size of the tree from the size the tree would naturally be in the landscape. Dwarf Japanese maples are often used in containers because they get fairly close to full-size in most containers. The best tip for container growing is a well-drained pot.


1. Choose your Japanese maple based on the location you plan on growing your container grown maple (ex. Sun or shade?).

2. Select the container you would like to use. The primary thing to look for is good drainage. You may be able to drill extra holes in non-ceramic containers. At least one drain hole is necessary. For containers with only one drain hole, you may consider lining the bottom of the container with 1-2 inches of medium sized gravel to increase drainage.

3. Soil should be selected based on how frequently you plan on watering the plant. For Japanese maples that will be regularly watered by an irrigation system, a soil with more perlite is ideal. An example of this would be a regular bag of miracle grow mix. For maples that will not be on a regular irrigation system, make sure to add more peat moss to the mixture. This will allow for the maple itself to retain a higher amount of moisture. When adding the soil to the container make sure to keep the root collar and trunk of the Maple at the same level it was in it’s previous container. It is also good to leave at least 1/2 inch to 2 inches of the top lip of the container free from soil. This allows for the maple to be watered effectively.

4. Select a companion plant such as small sedums that can cover the soil-surface to reduce heat and moisture loss for the roots of the maple. When choosing a companion plant it is essential to use only plants with extremely shallow and tiny root systems that will not grow into the roots of the maple.

5. Water frequently based on the finger test. If the soil around your Japanese maple feels dry, water.

6. For small containers (smaller than a nursery 3 gallon) check the root system of your Japanese maple during the winter every 3 years. If the root ball is getting very thick, trim the root system leaving 3/4 of the root system. Add soil as necessary. For larger containers, you can go much longer without root pruning the roots of your Japanese maple. We suggest checking every 7-8 years. For those that do not want to root prune, you can always upgrade your Japanese maple to a larger pot size or put the tree in the landscape, however, with a few minutes of root pruning every few years a Japanese maple can stay in any pot for its entire life.

*Japanese maples that have been stressed should be given Super Thrive at recommended doses from the bottle. This can often be purchased at Wal-Mart or your local garden center or department store. This simply gives Japanese maples the proper nutrients and hormones that will help it heal and recover and help it get back into a growing mode.

Japanese maples are extremely easy to care for. The less you do the better. Japanese maples do not like a lot of nitrogen so fertilizers are not necessary. Fertilizers with low amounts of nitrogen can be used in the early spring and mid-summer, however it is not necessary.

Trimming your Japanese maple can actually make your tree grow faster. If you trim the smaller branches back leaving larger and thicker branching with buds, your tree will often grow very quickly. This is because you get a cleaner flow or nutrients from Japanese maples that have been trimmed. It is like excersing your Japanese maples. It is best to do this in the early spring right before your Japanese maple leafs out. This is typically around the late February to early March time period for us in North Carolina. The main trick for trimming is to never trim more than 45% of your tree off. Yes, that means you can trim a Japanese maple heavily. Remember to clean your pruning tools with rubbing alcohol. This helps keep your pruning tools sanitized which helps your Japanese maple stay healthy.

Steps for Pruning:

1. Start out by pruning out branches you don't like on your Japanese maple. If the branch is larger than 3/4 of an inch in diameter we recommend using a saw. Large branches you don't like only get bigger so it is best to prune them out early in the tree's life.

2. Prune out the twiggier smaller branching. Smaller branching only makes smaller branching. This means these will make the tree grow slower. By pruning your Japanese maple and leaving the large branching you will get a larger tree quicker.

3. Trim out conflicting branching on your Japanese maple. This means if two limbs are touching are are too close, one of them should be trimmed out. A lot of pruning is judgement calls. Picking which one stays and which one goes will be a judgement call that only the owner or the pruner can make.

4. If you are trimming an upright selection, make sure to keep one branch as a central leader. This is typically the tallest part of the tree on most upright Japanese maples. If you are trimming a dwarf or a laceleaf Japanese maple, you can trim the Japanese maple to accentuate the natural shape of the tree. This can be done with laceleaf types by trimming your Japanese maple to create different levels of branching.

5. Trim out the fishtails. When there are three small branches coming out of the terminal buds on the end of a branch, it is often good to trim out the middle branch. This gives room for the other two branches and allows them have more energy.

While trimming is not necessary, if you follow these steps, your Japanese maple should grow much quicker for you.

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