How to Winterize Apple Sapling?
I started growing an apple tree from a seed in spring 2011 - I kept it in a pot in the garage over the winter (covered and insulated with balled-up newspaper).
In spring 2012, I planted it in the backyard (still in the pot - i.e., I dug a hole, put the pot in, and covered it back up with some mulch on top...we're moving in a couple of years, so I'm hoping to keep it potted underground until then, to make it easier to move). The tree is now about 12" high.
I now want to prep it for this winter, and I'm wondering how I should winterize it. Should I a) dig up the pot and put it in the garage again, or b) leave it in the backyard, protected from the elements somehow?
I've included a picture of the tree (not the best image, I'll try to take a better one). Some more details:
- it's planted next to a fence (I'm hoping to espalier it, maybe starting next summer if it's big enough)
- our backyard is fairly well sheltered, so the wind won't be too bad
- we'll have a foot or so of snow build up in the backyard over the winter
Not sure if there are any other important details, I'm very new at this. If you want any more info, let me know!
Any help or tips is very much appreciated :).
(And I know that, because I grew it from a seed, it likely won't grow any edible fruit, but that's okay with me.)