Posted: 11/03/2014 at 19:04
There are so many gorgeous acers out there - we have several in pots where they seem to be very happy - some of them have been in pots for nearly 17 years. They need a good sized pot, out of the wind (which they all dislike), good drainage but otherwise are not difficult to care for. As with all potted plants you must do for it all the things it cannot do for itself in a controlled space. Water during growth, with some decent feed - I use organic pelleted chicken manure in April. They stay put all winter with no special protection, they've frozen, been covered in snow, and lots of sunshine and they thrive well. We have a few reds and a pale green, plus a gorgeous snake bark - don't rush into a decision - you'll have to live with it for a long time.
Maybe have a look in a good garden book for some that appeal to you? If you get a chance to go to a larger garden show you will see lots of red and beautiful acers - hard to choose just one!