Well today I decided to plant some of my young seedlings in the ground for a couple of reasons. For and foremost, in the ground these trees will clearly grow faster. They all need thicker trunks and vigorous growth in order to become bonsai one day. The other reason is for ease of care. It is less pots to carry around and care for. Also, these trees will be fully hardy in the ground where in small pots they would need some sort of protection.
It’s not pretty or perfect by any means, and I haven’t finished the area off with mulch yet. I basically took an unused piece of my parent’s driveway and cleared the weeds as best I could. I planted our three japanese maples seedlings, a unidentified pine from Home Depot, a pitch pine, and a dwarf hinoki cypress. My hopes are to leave these here for at least until spring 2013 and possibly pot some of them up after that.
Edit 9/12, I have mulched them in. Now grow!