One of my neighbors has a beautiful Dwarf Japanese Maple. He just gave me a red sapling about 2-3" tall that he feels I may be able to grow into a tree.
Will the sapling be able to mature into a full adult? If yes, what special care needs to be done to ensure it can do so?
I would love to be able to enjoy my own beautiful tree if you can help in any way.
special care, just be sure it gets sufficient sunlight, is watered properly,
and perhaps do a very light fertilization in the fall.
I would suggest, since it is still so small, that you place the tree into a
large pot and allow it to grow in there for 2-3 years. This will eliminate
the possibility of it accidentally getting mown down if you plant it in the
yard, and give it time to develop a healthy root system.
Once the tree is large enough to survive in the landscape, you can plant it
in the yard.
However, I would still place a barrier around it to keep
access to it to a minimum. It would be a shame if it gets damaged somehow
after spending a few years nurturing it.