Answer: In my experience fall is a great time to plant many trees and shrubs. In any case, it is far better to plant the Japanese maple in the ground in October than to try to keep it indoors over the winter. The roots continue to grow and establish until the soil becomes quite cold and this gives it a jump on spring. Plant it, water it well, then mulch it with several inches of organic mulch to help keep the ground warmer as long as possible. Keep the mulch several inches away from the trunk however. Enjoy your new tree!
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