Keeping a maple in a pot
I really want to get a Japanese Maple....unfortunately the specific species escapes me but it's very similar to the picture at the top of the 'maple' section (this section).
It has red leaves and an expected 'adult' growth of 4'x6'
So my question leaves me to this....I'd like to be able to plant it in a big pot and maybe cut part of the bottom of the pot to let some root growth through. I've been re-lanscaping the backyard of my house but I don't expect to live here say beyond 8-10 years and by that time I'd have a nice tree.....
So I would pull 'er out of the ground to take to the new house. I would expect to have my roots good and intact with the tree growing in the large pot (I would think of putting it in like a 48" pot or so....even if I made it out of some pine like a planter box).
Is is safe or really stupid to do something like that? I mean the trees aren't exactly cheap (they range where I'm at from 75 bucks to 300 bucks depending on the size) and I figure by time I do move to 'replace' the tree the wallet will be pretty darn dry.
If there is a good chance this isn't possible I probably won't bother and waste the money so someone else can enjoy the hard work I've put into my rock garden. If anything I would just grow some from seed and in 10 years I got a small one to work with, but it'd be nice to take the big one with me.
I think it's possible but not sure....