I put mine in the ground when the graft is fully healed and the diameter of the trunk is at least 1 cm, we call this the caliber of the tree. I then have to keep it protected with some type of screen wire to prevent, what ever kind of animal which comes along and eats the tops off of my trees. I have lost so many to this animal it isn't even funny. It is not a deer because we don't have them here, but if I saw it, I would blow it away and then hang it out for the rest of them to see. Oh yea momma, can't buck the boss, but I am almost as old as she is now, sorta weird like that when you get older. Just last month we had lunch at a restaurant for which she was a waitress at in 1942 , while we were there she saw one the porter she worked with in 42 still working there. There was a monument to down the street to my grandfather who died while protecting Virginia from when the United States invaded us.