I have a japenese maple tree. It is about 15 feet tall and in good condition. I've noticed seedlings starting to grow in the grass below. I've taken the seedlings with a good ball of soil and have transplanted them in a better area of our yard partial sunshine. They are about three inchs tall, and have two or three leaves on each seedling. My question is should I have transplanted them in the new area, or should I have tranplanted them into pots first till they got bigger. I live in the New Hampshire and was wondering if they will be able to handle the winter season. As I said they are about three inchs now and it is early May I have seven months till the severe weather arrives hoping to get another couple of inchs out of them. Say they grow to about 9 inchs will they be able to survive. If you could reply to my e-mail address I would appreciate any thoughts. firstname.lastname@example.org thanks in advance.